Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach artichoke dip that is super easy to make, creamy, delicious, and perfect for any football, basketball, or baseball game appetizer.
Spinach artichoke dip is creamy, cheesy, and all around gooey goodness. I have not always felt this way. Of course as a kid (and sometimes still as an adult) I thought spinach might as well have been a noxious, poisonous, ragweed that should be completely disposed from the face of the earth. Whenever I heard artichoke, I thought it was a fish of some sort. I honestly thought artichoke hearts were hearts from the artichoke fish. I was rightfully disgusted at the thought, and dismissed artichokes from my things I might potentially try one day from my list.
Naturally, to combine the two in to a dip just sounded absolutely terrible. However, lo and behold, spinach artichoke dip is freaking delicious and I’m disappointed in myself in being so guarded. It took me so long to warm up to the idea and I’m not sure what made me do it. It was probably seeing someone eat it and the cheese being stretched out four feet. That would do it for me.
Once I did try spinach artichoke dip for the first time, I obviously became a fan of it. I am not sure what makes the combination so good, but the wilted spinach, the artichokes, and the cheese on cheese on cheese (that’s what does it), brings together harmonious flavors that make the perfect appetizer. Each time I go to a restaurant and look at the menu, and see spinach artichoke dip on the menu, I’m super tempted. I’ve decided I like this one we make at home better than most I order, so I don’t even bother when we eat out anymore.
I would say the most essential part in making your spinach artichoke dip REALLY good, is in getting ALL of the water out of the spinach. If you’ve ever wilted spinach before in a pan, you’ll know how much water spinach actually holds. There are several ways to remove the water from the spinach, but my method of choice is to place the spinach in a paper towel and ring out as much as I can. I do that a few times, with a few fresh paper towels and call it good.
Thanks for reading and this is a must try for any football party or event where you need a good appetizer! Try these other appetizers of ours:
- Homemade Pimento Cheese
- Cream Cheese & Brown Sugar Bacon Dates
- Carne Asada Fries
- Buffalo Blue Cheese & Chicken Rangoon
Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 9 oz fresh spinach
- 1 can artichoke hearts (14 oz)
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- mozzarella cheese (handful)
- Preheat oven to 375ºF
- Cook spinach over stovetop until well wilted
- Wrap wilted spinach in paper towels and squeeze out water held within spinach
- Drain artichoke hearts and chop into chunks
- Add cream cheese to medium sized bowl and microwave in 15 second increments until softened
- Add all other ingredients (with exception of mozzarella cheese) to bowl and hand mix until combined
- Scoop into oven safe baking dish
- Top with mozzarella cheese
- Bake 20-25 minutes
- Broil for 2 minutes to slightly brown and crisp cheese
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