It’s rare that I go to a restaurant and don’t order Spinach and Artichoke dip as an appetizer. It’s been a favorite snack and dish of mine for years. While I know it’s not the most lean dish, I love making it when I’m entertaining.
Try this recipe out the next time you host a party!
The best thing about this recipe is that you can customize all the ingredients to your liking with the exception of sour cream and cream cheese. Do you love Spinach?.. add a little extra. Do you love artichokes?… put in another jar. Do you love cheese, try adding Gruyere. This recipe you can’t go wrong. You may have noticed I didn’t mention mayonnaise. I don’t like how it makes the dip taste — so I just don’t add it and frankly, it tastes 100% better.
So for this recipe, you will obviously need spinach, I’m a fan of chopped frozen spinach. I use it in many dishes. You would have to buy 3 bags of spinach just to get the amount of spinach you get in frozen spinach. So it’s just easy and much easier to dry. I see so many recipes suggesting using artichokes in water, but I love marinated artichokes. On their own, they are one of my favorite snacks and so I think they add a little extra to the dip. Cheese, cheese, and MORE cheese. I simplified this recipe by using only mozzarella and parmesan, but I wouldn’t turn down adding gruyere or fontina. I chose to add white onions and garlic to this dish – it gives additional flavor to this dip that is a party in your mouth.
The first thing to do is to get rid of the excess water in the spinach. After squeezing the water out, set the spinach aside to dry more, and then start chopping the onion and garlic. I also chop the artichokes a bit. Next, you want to saute the garlic and onions for a few minutes until the onions have caramelized. In a large bowl, add the onions and garlic, and the rest of the ingredients. Stir and mix well.
Spoon mixture into a baking dish or dishes and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
This dip is best served with something like a toasted baguette or tortilla chips. Tortilla chips are my absolute favorite. And if you’re up for it, adding a few toppings is a nice touch as well. A few suggested toppings would be green onions, chili’s, and tomatoes.