Artichoke Spinach Dip

Artichoke Spinach Dip

Okay, raise your hand if you love dip. Me too. Meeeeee too.

I thought that there might be a lot of you out there. Thank goodness I’m not alone. Any and all dips, bring ’em on! Cheese, taco, guacamole, artichoke, spinach, crab, hummus, and the list goes on and on. If it’s dip, you can bet your bottom dollar I’m going to want to devour it. Actually (and this just came to me right this second), I think I should throw a dip party. No real food, no meal, and no dessert. Everyone just brings their favorite dip. Oh yes, I think this will happen. Perfect for a football Sunday (or Saturday, if you dig college football) this fall! Anyway, back to the dippity dips…

My Chief Culinary Consultant and I have become quite the connoisseurs of spinach artichoke dip. We order it early and often when we go out, anywhere from a bar when we’re watching a sporting event, to nicer restaurants before our main meal. Sometimes crab is thrown in there, sometimes it’s served with tortilla chips, sometimes potato chips or baguette. What can I say? No matter how it’s served, we love the stuff! Which makes it insane that up until now I had yet to create a recipe for a killer homemade artichoke spinach dip. Problem is now solved, just in the nick of time for football and hockey season!

Artichoke Spinach Dip

As far as appetizers and dips go, the easier the better since most times you’re making them for a crowd and no one wants to be fussing in the kitchen when company arrives. Nor do you want to miss kickoff or the puck drop (at least I don’t!). And they don’t come much easier than this dip. I had tried a couple old recipes of my mom that were either really mayonnaise-y or too sour cream-y, or not enough spinach. I think this version has the perfect amount of everything! Mix everything together in one bowl, dump it into a baking dish, pop it into the oven and 30 minutes later you’re ready to dig in!

{Writing this post now has me craving brisk fall days, football Sundays, pots of soup and apple pies. Can’t wait!}

What’s your favorite dip?

Artichoke Spinach Dip

One year ago: Blueberry-Buttermilk Scones
Two years ago: Croissants
Three years ago: Ranch Pretzels

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Artichoke Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped

1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

1½ cups (6 ounces) finely shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1½ cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup sour cream

1/3 cup mayonnaise

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

Paprika, to taste (optional)


Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Press the excess moisture from the spinach.


2. Combine the artichokes, spinach, 1¼ cups of Parmesan cheese, 1¼ cups of Monterey Jack cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, and garlic in a bowl and mix well.


3. Spoon the artichoke mixture into a 1½-quart baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses on top, and then sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm with tortilla or pita chips, crackers or vegetables.


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