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Hollys Holiday Countdown: Spinach Brie Dip

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BATON ROUGE - John Pastorek joined Holly Clegg in the kitchen this morning on 2une In as we continued Holly's Holiday Countdown. On the menu this morning: Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip and Italian Pull Apart Bread. Here's the recipes:

Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip:
Splurge with this divine, creamy, and rich tasting crab dip, taking minutes to make. Best with fresh crabmeat but canned may be used.

Makes 24 (1/4 cup) servings

1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cups baby spinach, packed
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
6 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and cut into cubes
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked for shells
1/2 cup chopped green onions

1. In nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté garlic, onion, and spinach about 5 minutes until tender. Add remaining ingredients except crabmeat and green onions.
2. Cook over low heat, stirring, until cheese is melted and mixture creamy. Carefully stir in crabmeat and green onions.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 86, Calories from Fat 53%, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 31mg, Sodium 191mg, Carbohydrates 1g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 1g, Protein 8g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat

Italian Pull Apart Bread:
Simple and most amazing buttery tasting bread with Italian flair.

Makes 12-16 servings

3 tablespoons butter, melted
3 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
2 teaspoons Italian blend seasoning

1. Preheat oven 375°F.
2. Pour butter into bottom of nonstick Bundt pan. Unroll crescent rolls into four rectangles (two triangular shapes) and roll up (like cigar). Layer on top the butter, sprinkle seasoning between layers. Layers will overlap and don't have to be exact.
3. Bake 19-23 minutes or until top is golden brown. Immediately invert onto serving plate.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 156, Calories from Fat 49%, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 6mg, Sodium 353mg, Carbohydrates 18g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 3g, Protein 3g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 fat



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