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I will never forget the first time I saw dip served in a “bread bowl.”
I was blown away. I’m sure it was nothing more than sour cream and onion soup mix but I didn’t care. It was all about the presentation, and I remember thinking that this was what “fancy entertaining” was all about. Not to mention the reserved bread cubes — loved the bread cubes.
That was many years ago, but I still love a good bread bowl — like the one here, inspired by the carriage that Cinderella took to the ball.
The difference is that the dip has been given a major upgrade. Yogurt is the fresh and healthier base, and there are lots of fresh herbs — no dried stuff here.
But I still reach for the bread cubes first.
For the “carriage”:
Whole wheat boule (or other round loaf, not all will be eaten)
6 slices whole wheat bread (decoration only)
For the dip:
(1) 10 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1 ½ c. plain low-fat yogurt
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ c. each chopped fresh dill and parsley (plus extra for garnish)
1 T. fresh lemon juice
2/3 c. baby carrots for dipping
2/3 c. sliced cucumbers for dipping
2/3 c. sliced bell peppers for dipping
Make the carriage: using a serrated knife, slice the top 1” off the bread round. Using the same knife remove the inner part of the loaf, leaving 1” thickness around the sides and at the bottom. Tear or cut the removed bread into chunks, for serving with the dip. Set aside.
Lightly toast the whole wheat bread slices. When cool enough to handle cut out four large and four smaller circles (I used 2 3/4″ and 1 3/4″ cutters). Stack the smaller circles atop the large ones to create four “wheels.” Attach to the bread with toothpicks.
Make the dip: Combine yogurt, garlic, herbs and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Stir in spinach till evenly blended. Keep covered and chilled till ready to serve.
To serve: Place the “carriage” onto a large serving tray. Fill the hollowed-out bread with the dip; garnish with reserved herbs. Serve with crudites and reserved bread chunks.
This recipe was inspired by the video for Cinderella’s Dreamy Pumpkin Waffles from Disney’s new series Dishes Inspired by Disney. Check out the video below: