Parmesan Spinach Dip Crostini

La Brea Bakery Reserve French Demi Baguette

Warm Parmesan Spinach Dip piled onto toasty French Bread is the ultimate in bruschetta recipes. This is one of our favorite game day or holiday recipes to make in a pinch.

Recipe and images by: The Cookie Rookie

    Ingredients
    • 1 La Brea Bakery Reserve French Demi-Baguette, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
    • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
    • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
    • 1 (9 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained according to package instructions
    • 4 ounces light cream cheese
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
    • pepitas and shaved parmesan for garnish (optional)

    La Brea Bakery Reserve French Demi Baguette

    Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 375F
    2. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Lay the bread slices in a single layer on the baking sheet.
    3. In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, garlic, and parsley.
    4. Brush each top side of bread liberally with the butter mixture. Take 1/2 cup grated parmesan and sprinkle over the top of each bread slice.
    5. Bake in the oven for 5-6 minutes or until toasty and starting to brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside.
    6. In a blender or food processor, blend together the spinach, cream cheese, lemon juice, pesto, salt/pepper, vinegar, and remaining 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Blend until as smooth as you like.
    7. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the spinach dip onto each piece of bread and sprinkle with a bit more grated parmesan.
    8. If not ready to serve, cover with plastic wrap and keep in fridge up to 6 hours or until ready to serve.
    9. When ready to serve, remove from the fridge and place under a broiler for 3-4 minutes or until spinach mixture is hot and bubbly and bread is toasted to your liking.
    10. Garnish with pepitas or shaved parmesan (optional)
    11. Enjoy!

    La Brea Bakery Reserve French Demi Baguette