Bountiful Beer Bread Bowl

Sometimes I forget about Spinach & Herb Seasoning. Sure, I always have a bottle around and I add a few shakes whenever I make something "herb-y." And it's great at that. But like any great supporting actor, it deserves the spotlight. Recently I made a beer bread bowl with Spinach & Herb Dip for a potluck. And while I knew I would come home with an empty bowl, I wasn't prepared for the amount of conversation (and compliments) my little dip created. 

Until people started eating it. Since I made the dip and cubed the bread at home, all I had to do was take it out of the cooler and remove the plastic wrap from the top. No digging for the proper serving utensil, heating it up, stirring or crumbling things on the top. So the people (men) hovering over the food were able to dig in right away. And the raves started! They kept getting more bread and dipping in, they offered a bite to their wives, they took a huge scoop on their plate and went back for seconds. Seriously, the bread and dip I whipped up the night before was the hit of the party. So I went home with an empty cooler and a big head. What a great day!

- Juliet

Bountiful Beer Bread Bowl

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, combine first 2 ingredients; stir just to blend. Pour melted butter into a greased medium-sized round bottomed, deep stainless steel mixing bowl; spoon batter over the butter and smooth out the top.
  2. Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  3. Invert bread on serving platter; cut an opening in the top of bread. Pull bread from inside of loaf to create a bowl; cube.
  4. Fill bowl with prepared Spinach & Herb Dip, if desired. Serve with bread cubes and veggies.

Makes 10 servings.

Make Ahead: Prepare through step 2. Store in an airtight container up to 1 day.

Nutrition per Serving: (does not include optional dip)
Calories: 240 Total Fat: 4.5g Sat. Fat: 2g Cholest: 10mg Sodium: 440mg Carbs: 44g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 11g Protein: 4g

Tips and Hints

  • The bowl is key in making this look like a bread bowl. The round bottom of the stainless steel bowl creates a wonderful "dome" of bread. Be careful not to cut the bowl completely through the bottom of your will fall out!
  • For a pretty presentation, serve the bread bowl on a bed of lettuce.
  • Fill the bread bowl with prepared Artichoke & Spinach Warm Dip. Wrap completely in foil and heat in the oven at 350° until warmed through, about 15 minutes.
  • If you don't have a deep bowl, prepare the bread in a 9-inch round cake pan and hollow out the top.
  • Serve veggies with the bowl and dip along with the cubed bread.
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