This is an all-time favorite, and so delicious – you need to be prepared to make another!
Makes 10-12 servings
1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
4 slices ready-cooked bacon, chopped
1 can (5-1/2 oz.) diced water chestnuts, drained
1/2 cup (2 oz.) grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 loaf (about 1 lb.) bread, unsliced
Remove spinach from package. Place spinach in 1-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH, 3-4 minutes. Cool slightly; drain and squeeze spinach to remove any remaining liquid. Return spinach to bowl.
To soften cream cheese, place unwrapped cream cheese block on microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH, 30-40 seconds or until softened. Add cream cheese and remaining ingredients (except for bread) to spinach in bowl; mix well. Microwave on HIGH, 2-3 minutes, stirring once or until mixture is heated through.
Using bread knife, slice off top of bread loaf. Hollow out loaf, reserving bread. Slice reserved bread into cubes.
Spoon spinach mixture into loaf. Serve warm with bread cubes.
Chopped garlic is widely available in jars, and can be found in the produce section of supermarkets.
If desired, substitute 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder for chopped garlic.