Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

The finished baked spinach artichoke dip with the title above it.

It's Christmas and of course you are being invited to parties and family get-togethers galore!  One of the good things about hosting a modern day holiday celebration is that it is customary for your guests to bring a dish.  One of the downsides to being a guest is what do you bring?  My go-to, and one of my personal favorites, is Spinach Artichoke Dip.  Now I know what you are thinking, "I have had a million and one spin dips. What makes yours special?"  Well, my spin dip is a little different from your average dip and I think the flavor is out-of-this-world.

I can't wait to share it with you so let's get started!

Spinach Artichoke Dip:
*Prep Time 10 min.  *Cook Time- 3-5 min.  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings: 1 9x9 Dish


The ingredients needed to make the Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip.

  • 1 8 oz. block of Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 stick of Unsalted Butter
  • 1 16 oz. container of Sour Cream
  • 1 1/2 c Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 14 oz. can of Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 10 oz. box of Frozen Spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 c. Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp. Sirracha Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Seasoning Salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper

The cheeses in a sauce pan

To begin, combine the butter, sour cream, cream cheese,  and 1 c. parmesan cheese in a sauce pan.
Place over a medium/high heat and stir until butter is melted and mixture is soft and creamy.

You will notice that I do not add mayonnaise.  That is the biggest difference between my dip and many others.  I personally don't care for the finish that mayo leaves in this dip so I simply omitted it and replaced it with sour cream.

Sriracha and Worcestershire sauce being added to the cheese.

Once the cheese mixture is soft and creamy add the sirracha, Worcestershire, garlic powder, seasoning salt, and pepper.  Stir into the cheese mixture.

Again, these flavors just give this dip a little something/something that will have people asking "What is that?"

Chopped jarred artichokes.

Next you will want to drain the can of artichoke hearts and chop them up finely.

The artichokes in the cheese sauce.

Add them to the pan.

The spinach wrung dry in a towel.

Now you can place the box of thawed spinach onto a towel.

And wring out all of the excess water.
You are going to do this because no one wants runny spin dip.  Trust me on this!

The spinach being added to the cheese mixture.

Add the spinach to the pan and stir everything together.
Taste for seasoning and make any adjustments you feel it needs.

Add the spinach and cheese mixture to a baking dish.

Now you can pour the dip into a 9x9 baking dish and

Top with grated cheese.

Top with the mozzarella and remaining parmesan cheese.
Then place under the broiler until the cheese is melted, brown, and bubbly.

The finished dip

And there it is!  It's really that simple!
This Spinach Artichoke Dip is cheesy, rich, tangy, and finishes with a little hint of spice.
You can serve it with crackers, tortilla chips, or my personal favorite, my Homemade Artisan Bread.

A piece of bread  being dipped into the dip.

Mmmmm....Look at that!

So this holiday season don't stress about what to bring to that special party, just head on into your pantry and whip up this AMAZING Spinach Artichoke Dip!  I guarantee you won't be bringing home any leftovers!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


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