And our winner is…
Sideline reporter, Megan, has the report for us of this close game.
Though wildly different, it turns out that these two recipes were fairly evenly matched. Here is the rundown.
Chicken Spinach Artichoke Dip:
Spinach Artichoke Dip is one of my favorite appetizers/snacks. I have made it in the crock pot numerous times before with great results. The addition of chicken in this recipe was intriguing to me and did not disappoint! Also, ingredients like lemon juice and Alfredo sauce really gave this dip a yummy flavor. I ended up taking this dip to a party with tortilla scoops and it received rave reviews. However, it lost out at the last minute to …
Thai Beef Curry:
I have never tried my hand at red curry, and have definitely never tried to make Thai food in the crock pot, so I was admittedly a little hesitant about this recipe. Okay, really hesitant. See, Thai food is a favorite of mine and my husband– so much so that we frequently eat out at Thai restaurants and have recently started making it at home on a regular basis. I also typically order my curry with chicken, so I really didn’t know what to expect with the beef in this dish. Really, I honestly didn’t think this recipe was going to beat out the CSA dip for us. Well, I stand corrected! This dish had a great combination of ingredients. I loved the additions of cauliflower and peanuts. Great texture. The lid on my crock pot recently broke and doesn’t seal like it’s supposed to, so more of the liquid in this recipe cooked off than should have. Also, I think that it may need more curry paste– the flavor wasn’t as strong as I thought it should be. We didn’t have any cilantro for garnish, but I’ll definitely try that next time I make it.
When my husband and I deliberated over which dish should be declared the winner, it was a pretty tough call! In both of our minds, the flavor winner was the dip. It is definitely one of our favorites now. But a bigger contender for us is healthfulness– and the Thai beef curry was clearly the winner in that category. The dip is a dish that we will only indulge in every now and then, but the curry is something we’ll be able to make often. For that reason, Thai beef curry triumphs!!
Thanks, Megan. My mouth is watering for both recipes right now. They both played a good game and should be given recognition.
p.s. I had the artichoke dip going all the way to the final four…my bracket’s screwed, how ’bout you?