Cheesy Spinach and Rice Dip

Serves 6 to 8

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1 cup Mahatma® White Rice
non-stick cooking spray
2 pkgs (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 pkg (10 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

Cooking Directions

Prepare rice according to package directions.  Cool. 

Coat a 2-quart microwave-safe serving dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine cream cheese, garlic and nutmeg.  Beat until light and fluffy.  Stir in rice, spinach and ¾ cup cheddar cheese.  Spread mixture into prepared dish.  Top with remaining cheddar cheese.  Microwave 4 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.  Serve hot with crackers or chips.

Additional stir-ins:  

  • Cooked crumbled bacon

  • Chopped water chestnuts

  • Chopped artichoke hearts

  • Crumbled blue cheese

  • Sriracha sauce