Food You Can Eat: Easter Bunny Spinach Dip

Christian neo-paganism traditions never tasted so good!

Don't worry, the Easter Bunny is just sleeping/rotated so image fits FYCE graphics parameters

You guys!!! This might be my favorite recipe find of 2023 so far. I am a huge fan of food sculpting. Anything that comes out of a Bundt mold. Chocolate fountains. Marzipan figurines. Bakery cakes in the shapes of sports arenas (it’s amazing how many of these there are.) Christmas yule logs with chocolate ganache. Sugar cookies depicting seasonal characters. Chocolate Easter bunnies. Chocolate Easter eggs. Peeps, not so much.

But here is something that for once is savory, not sweet. 

Ingredients

2 packages refrigerated crescent dough sheets

1 cup frozen spinach, thawed – or 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

½ cup artichoke hearts – drained and roughly chopped

2 tablespoons jarred jalapeños – diced

1 tablespoon butter

2 teaspoons minced garlic

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon coarsely cracked black pepper

¼ cup mayo
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt – or sour cream

¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese – divided

How to:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Sauté garlic for 1 minute til fragrant. Stir in cream cheese, spinach, artichokes, jalapeños, and stir until melty and all ingredients are incorporated.

Stir in salt, pepper, mayo, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), parmesan cheese, and half of the mozzarella cheese. Stir until melty and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

Open crescent dough packages but do not unroll the dough. Roll the dough out into 18-inch ropes. Cut each rope into 18 pieces. (You’ll have 36 pieces total)

Use one piece of dough for the center of the head (If there’s one piece that seems a little bigger than the others use this one for the center of the head), then surround with 6 more pieces of dough. Use four pieces to shape the ears (roll them out a bit and pinch the ends together). Arrange remaining pieces to make a large circle for the body.

Scoop spinach artichoke dip into the center of the bunny body. Scoop a little into the ears. Top the dip with remaining mozzarella cheese.

Transfer to preheated oven and bake for 15-16 minutes until croissants are golden brown and mozzarella cheese is completely melted and begins to brown a bit.

Remove from oven, give the dip a stir if desired (mix the mozzarella in at the end or leave it on top). Serve immediately while hot.

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15 Comments

    • Now that you mention it, it does kind of resemble those magnetic things that people used to (or maybe they still do) affix to the rear of their cars to affirm that they have been through Christian counseling. Although why anyone would think a fellow motorist or parking lot pedestrian would be interested in knowing this is beyond me.

      • Back during the days of Roman persecution before Roman Emperor Constantine turned Christianity into the state religion and started the persecution of the old religions, the fish was supposed to be a secret symbol from one undercover believer to another. I think some of the people who use it try to recapture that sense of being a persecuted minority signalling to others in hiding. Because war on Christmas or something.

  1. Damn, that looks fantastic.  I love Easter treat sculptures.  We’re going to make a lamb cake this again this year.  I also have the old bunny mold, but every time I make it the ears fall off and I have to glue it back on with frosting.

    • Adding frosting to something that has already been frosted can only improve it, I think.

      I don’t know your bunny mold but I think what you could do is make a very fine egg salad, like not chunky at all, very smooth, easy on the mayo, line the bunny mold with plastic wrap, fill with the egg salad, chill for at least a couple of hours, and then very carefully turn it out onto a serving platter. You could add a black olive for the eye (or is it truly 3D and you’d need two?) and maybe a small slice of radish for the nosetip. It would take an imaginative leap from your guests to associate this with the Easter Bunny but it could be done.

  2. Do you mean Pillsbury crescent rolls? Is two really enough? Is this supposed to feed one point five people? I’m going to make it this weekend. I may not be willing to share. Maybe I’ll make two.

    • No, not the rolls, dough sheets. Yet another recipe where the author cannot mention that which cannot be named, Pillsbury. You roll out each sheet and then cut it up yourself. You need to do this because you’re mostly making (mini) rolls and you need to do a little sculpting, and the sheets are easier to work with. Now that I think about it (having worked with Pillsbury dough sheets before) and looking more closely at that image with the hard-boiled eggs for scale, this is kind of a paltry Easter offering. I’m going to go with Recipe Serves 1.

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