This party approved appetizer, aptly called Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip, mixes the flavours of delicious turkey breast, smoked cheddar, aged cheddar and fresh spinach. It’s easy to throw together which makes hosting a holiday bash all the more easier! Plus, this recipe was featured on TV, so you know it’s a star!
That’s a wrap!
I know, I know, the picture above is a tasty looking turkey-filled bread bowl and not a wrap. But, ever since my latest episode of Great Tastes of Manitoba aired, aptly titled “Tasty Turkey Tidbits”, I can’t help but speak using showbiz lingo.
This latest episode was the final Manitoba Turkey Producers sponsored episode of the season! As shared in my last Great Tastes of Manitoba Blog, I was fortunate to be asked to support our local farmers as represented by Granny’s and Butterball to deliver delicious, crowd-pleasing turkey recipes into the homes of Manitobans. This week’s episode was focused on finger food, perfect for the upcoming holiday season. We covered three amazing recipes including Turkey Taco Cups, Baked Turkey, Pineapple and Jalapeno Spring Rolls and this lovely Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip.
This project has been so near and dear to my heart as supporting our local farmers is so important to me! As seen in the episode, not only are our farmers putting so much love and care into providing safe and high-quality food to consumers, they also love giving back to their communities! I see this as a way to give back to them, to share their delicious work with folks from all corners of our province and beyond!
I’ve learned so much over the past few months and am ever-proud to help support our turkey farmers. Canadian turkey farmers use science-based measures for both food production and animal care. They follow strict rules and guidelines to ensure they are producing the best quality possible for consumers without compromising on care for the turkeys themselves. One of my favourite reasons for supporting Manitoba turkey farmers is that our turkeys are not raised in cages. You’ll have heard me share this fun fact many times on Great Tastes of Manitoba and CTV Morning Live Winnipeg but I think it is worth highlighting again that turkeys are not raised in cages but are free run. Their barns also are specially designed to help protect the flock from predators, disease and our unpredictable Manitoba weather!
Now, let’s talk about this Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip, shall we? If I could award a prize for the best recipe of 2021, this would be it! I have served it quite a few times over some celebrations over the past few months, including my graduation from my graduate degree this past October and it is always a hit! It is packed with Granny’s Lean Ground Turkey, fresh spinach and all the ooey-gooey cheese one could want. Two cheese flavour profiles work together to create a smokey and rich dip that will have you coming back for more and more. It also comes together in a matter of minutes making it a host/hostess time saver when guests are arriving and you want something hot, delicious and simple to assemble to greet them! Hello! Have some Turkey Spinach Cheddar Dip, won’t ya?
If you missed the episode and want to learn more turkey facts and get some delicious recipes, don’t worry! Full episodes of ‘Great Tastes’ can also be streamed on demand at greattastesmb.ca or on the @GreatTastesTV YouTube channel. You can follow along with exclusive behind the scenes content, recipe tips, meal plans and more at @GreatTastesMB on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
I also encourage you to check out turkey.mb.ca, grannys.ca & butterball.ca for the final recipes seen on Great Tastes as well as more turkey-based appetizers, mains and tips. As the holidays are just around the corner, I encourage you to check-out the Whole Turkey Calculator to plan for the perfect sized-bird to fit your family gathering. It has helped me countless times! If you are looking for the perfect stuffing to accompany your roasted turkey, I suggest you also check out this Classic Stage Stuffing that I supported my friends at Granny’s in developing! The options are never ending!
Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip
- 1 lb Granny’s Lean Ground Turkey
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1/3 cup shallots, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
- 2 cups fresh packed baby spinach, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup 35% cream (whipping cream)
- 3/4 cup aged white cheddar, shredded
- 3/4 cup smoked cheddar, shredded
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp 1.25 ml ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup 14% sour cream
- 1 Sourdough Bread Bowl Optional
- Paprika Sprinkled
- Sauté turkey, shallots and garlic in canola oil in a medium sized pot over medium-high heat until lightly browned.
- Add spinach and cream. Stir and continue cooking until spinach is cooked and cream is simmering.
- Remove from heat and add cheeses, sea salt, ground black pepper, mustard powder and Worcestershire sauce. Continue to stir until the cheese is melted. Fold in sour cream. Ensure to remove the dip from the heat before adding the cheeses, spices, sauce and sour cream. The dip will separate if kept on the heat.
- Spoon mixture into a sourdough bread bowl and sprinkle with paprika. Serve guests with extra bread, crackers and veggies.
Did you make Turkey Cheddar Spinach Dip at home?
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I would love to hear about how you are serving turkey this holiday season!
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