Warm Turnip Green Dip
Tired of spinach dip? Check this warm turnip green dip out! The first time I tasted this dip I was in a restaurant in Atlanta and we ordered it from the appetizer menu. I'm the girl who eats something in a restaurant and goes home and recreates it - so this is my version but everyone who eats it loves it! Not only different but so delicious it may become your new "go to" dip recipe like it is mine! Oh - by the way, you can make this without cooking the greens, just use frozen chopped turnip greens instead of canned. Enjoy!
Serves: <1 qt
- 1½ pkg cream cheese, cubed
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 green onions, sliced
- 1 (27-oz.) can seasoned turnip greens, drained (reserve ¼ c greens juice)
- 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp chicken base
- ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup shredded asiago cheese
- 4-6 bacon slices, fried crisp and set aside or ½ c.crisp fried ham (Sugardale boneless), cubed small
- Sauté garlic in hot drippings 1 to 2 minutes (be careful not to burn).
- Add reserved greens juice and cook another 1 to 2 minutes, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of pan.
- Chop and stir in drained turnip greens, cream cheese, sour cream, onion, chicken base, pepper flakes and ¼ cup of parmesan and 2 Tbsp. asiago cheese.
- Cook, stirring until cream cheese melts and mixture is thoroughly heated (8-10 minutes).
- Lightly coat a 2qt baking dish with canola or olive oil spray and transfer dip to dish.
- Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup of parmesan and 2 Tbsp. asiago cheese and broil dip 6 inches from heat 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.
- Sprinkle with crumbled bacon or ham cubes.
Homemade Garlic Butter Pita Chips
- to 6 pita bread pockets cut into wedges (like a pizza)
- /4 c melted butter
- /2 tsp garlic powder
- tsp parsley flakes
- Toss pita wedges in butter, garlic powder and parsley flakes mixture to coat.
- Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly toasted. Serve warm with warm turnip green dip.
Serving size: ½ cup
This warm turnip green dip recipe is inspired by a dish that I ate at a restaurant in Stone Mountain, GA when I lived there. The restaurant was called Mama’nems, it was located on Memorial Drive and it specialized in – you guessed it, soul food! The restaurant is now closed and from the reviews I read online, I think the warm turnip green dip was a wise choice! Anyway, I loved it so I did a little research and came up with my own recipe! Enjoy!
Note: If turnip greens aren’t your cup o’ tea, feel free to sub your favorite greens. Kale should work with no problem but – be adventurous and let us all check out your recipe!