San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco draws tourists to attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, its cable cars, and…sourdough bread! Historians claim the bread was a staple of gold prospectors, also called 49ers. As an ode to the city’s signature bread, here's the perfect appetizer for your 49ers party: Spicy Spinach Dip in a Sourdough Boule from Marye Audet’s “Restless Chipotle” blog.
- 1 (8 ounce) jar medium salsa (I used hot)
- 1 pound chopped fresh baby spinach
- 3/4 cups shredded Monterey Jack or pepper jack cheese
- 1/2 cup smoked cheddar, grated (divided use)
- 1/2 cup onion chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, optional
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, diced and softened
- 1 15-oz can chopped black olives, drained
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or lime juice
- 1/2 cup Panko crumbs
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 large sourdough boule
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Cut a slice off the top of the boule and carefully pull out the bread leaving about a 1 1/2-inch thick wall and bottom.
- Saute the onion and garlic in a little olive oil until it softens.
- Add the chopped onion, cover and turn down heat.
- Steam for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted.
- Add half the smoked cheddar, Monterey Jack, salsa, cream cheese, black olives, and vinegar.
- Stir to blend.
- If mixture does not seem wet enough add up to 1/4 cup heavy cream.
- Spoon into the hollowed out bread bowl.
- Mix the remaining cheddar and Panko and sprinkle on the top.
- Place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through.
- Serve hot.
Yield: 2 1/2 cups