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Spinach and a Whole Lot of Artichoke Dip

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Spinach and a Whole Lot of Artichoke Dip

Another wonderful Dipstock dip creation and guest post from my husband, Jason. If I play my cards right, maybe I can stop calling him a guest and make him a regular Saucy Dipper contributor. Help me entice the husband by reading his delightful post and peppering him with compliments in the comments. We’ll both love you for it. 😉

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First, a little disclosure: I’m a big fan of the cheesy, corny, science-heavy cooking show Good Eats. Alton Brown has taught me a lot about cooking and inspired me to try dozens of recipes I wouldn’t have bothered with in the past.

Brown has also given me the confidence to freelance — to go off script with most recipes. What started out as a simple and somewhat precise spinach artichoke dip recipe turned into a I-just-got-back-from-the-gym-and-damn-it-I-want-me-some-dip recipe.

Ingredients

First, here’s how it’s SUPPOSED to be assembled:

  • 1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
  • 1.5 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Here’s how I did it (and why):

Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip Ingredients

Note all the low-cost ingredients purchased by the Dipper's frugal husband

  • 1, 10oz package of thawed, chopped frozen spinach (too lazy to measure out things in cups)
  • 1, 14oz can of thawed, chopped frozen artichoke heart quarters (no frozen hearts at my grocery store)
  • 1, 8oz package cream cheese (what’s an extra 2 ounces?)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (1/4 cup just didn’t seem like enough)
  • 1/4 cup chipotle mayonnaise (I like me some flavor)
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
  • A few vigorous shakes of the red pepper flake bottle
  • No salt…because I used canned artichokes and they have plenty already
  • Oops. I used too much garlic powder (it worked out fine)

Preparation

The original instructions are to boil the spinach and artichoke hearts until they’re hot, warm up the cream cheese in the microwave, and then mix everything together. Once it’s all integrated, it’s ready to serve.

Me? I boiled the spinach for about a minute, drained it, tossed the cold cream cheese package in the same pot, and then when it was warm I dumped it into the serving bowl along with all the other ingredients EXCEPT the Parmesan cheese. (Note: I drained and rinsed the artichoke hearts pretty throughly before adding them).

My last step was to cover the whole thing with shredded Parmesan cheese and then huck it into the oven at 350F for about 5 minutes (as long as it took me to clean up). THEN I served it.

Artichoke hearts dip

Lots of artichokes in this spinach artichoke dip, no?

The Verdict

You can’t screw this thing up. It’s got too many artichoke hearts in it, but I really like artichoke hearts, so no problems. The Dipper liked it too. If I had it to do over again, I would have let the dip sit in the oven a little longer until all the Parmesan was melted.

Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip Close-up

Note the melted parmesan doesn't extend across the entire dip - should have let it bake a little longer.

Like my recent tapenade recipe, this is going into my cooking toolbag. It’s really easy to slap together fast, and it’s great party food.

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6 Responses to “Spinach and a Whole Lot of Artichoke Dip”

  1. Eliana says:

    This looks like the perfect spinach artichoke dip recipe! Pass on the chips and I’m all set.

  2. Chung says:

    omg I have all those ingredients. Thanks for the recipe! Also, I’m a huge fan of coloring outside the lines. And cooking outside the lines too.

  3. Monet says:

    I adore spinach and artichoke dip (as does my family). I know that when I make it, I will be leaving with an empty bowl. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Erin A says:

    Looks great! I just posted some with bacon/red bell pepper last week! I am bummed that I forgot it was in the fridge! LOL. OOPS. Next time I shoudl just eat it all, right?

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