Recipes are a great marketing tool. Just about every food package from a major brand, be it box, bag, can, or carton, has a recipe printed on it. Given that this recipe specifically references Del Monte brand canned spinach, I think that it’s a safe bet that the recipe originated from a Del Monte package.
The downside of many “try our product” recipes like this is that they are not always well tested or balanced. This particular dip is a good starting point, but I think that it could be improved. The onion soup flavor dominates heavily, and doesn’t really bring out the flavor of the spinach. I think that I would try this recipe again, but instead of using dried onion soup mix mixed with sour cream, I would omit the soup mix altogether and replace the sour cream with French onion dip. I would also omit the mayonnaise: it doesn’t really contribute anything interesting to the flavor or texture.
I’d rate the Del Monte recipe 3/5 stars. Not bad, perfectly edible, but not terribly exciting.
- 1 (13 1/2-ounce) can chopped spinach
- 2 cups light sour cream
- 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 1 package onion soup mix
- 1 cup chopped red pepper
Drain the spinach well, reserving 2 tablespoons liquid.
In a medium bowl, combine the spinach, liquid, sour cream, mayonnaise, onion soup mix, and red pepper.
Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Serve with vegetables or crackers.
Click here for a print-friendly version.