SAUSAGE, BEAN and SPINACH DIP


Recipe courtesy of Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner
Adapted from Southern Living

Ingredients:

1 sweet onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 (1-pound) package hot ground pork sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
½ cup dry white wine
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup (2-ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese

Method:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Cook onion, peppers and sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 8 to 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
Stir in garlic and thyme, cook 1 minute.
Stir in wine, cook 2 minutes or until liquid has almost evaporated.
Add cream cheese, and cook, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes, until cheese is melted.
Stir in spinach and salt and cook, stirring constantly, until spinach is wilted.
Gently stir in beans.
Pour mixture into baking dish, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with:  Corn chip scoops, red bell pepper strips, pretzel rods, or your favorite.