Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cheesy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Today I wanted to post a recipe for one of my favorite dips, Cheesy Spinach & Artichoke Dip.

 I found myself having the munchies today and this dip is always so comforting to me. I usually make this dip around the holidays or for family gatherings, but really I need no excuse to make this dip.

All that creamy dreamy cheese mixed with spinach and artichoke hearts is just so tasty. To be honest I can't be left alone with this stuff because I will try and eat the whole thing in one sitting.

 No worries though this time I did really good and only had one serving. Now when I visit my mother in law it's tradition to make this dip and the outcome is a whole different story.

As soon as the timer goes off we can't get to the oven fast enough. Half the time we don't even wait for it to cool down before both of us are digging in with crackers.

It's so funny because we literally just sit and eat the whole thing all by ourselves. It's my favorite thing to just sit, chat and dip. As you can see it doesn't take too much to please the both of us.

I remember one Thanksgiving we were sitting at the table enjoying our favorite dip and my husbands grandmother came in the kitchen.

She sat down at the table and said what in the heck is that green crap you're eating? LOL I still giggle every time I think about that day.

 We told her Spinach & Artichoke Dip. She said that looks awful who made it? My mother in law said Tina. It's good you should give it a try. Nope!!

We went back to chatting again and out the corner of my eye there was Ma maw digging in the dip. We just kept talking and tried not to look at her. It was so funny because she said Tina that's some good stuff. 


We just looked at each other and laughed. I said I tried to tell you it was good Ma maw. She said well it don't look all that good, but I like the way it tastes.

 Before we knew it all three of us polished off the whole dish. I love our elders sometimes they crack me up with their honesty.

This recipe is easy peasy to make. Just toss all the ingredients together and bake. If you are short on time you can prepare this dip ahead of time and refrigerate.

 Just pop it in the oven and bake just before the guests arrive so it's ooey gooey good.







Cheesy Spinach & Artichoke Dip


Ingredients:
1 - 8 oz jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained & cut into pieces
1 - 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed
1/2 - cup mayonnaise
1/2 - cup light sour cream
1 1/2 - cups Italian style six blend cheese
(Mozzarella, Provolone, Asiago, Parmesan, Romano and Fontina cheeses)
paprika for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thaw spinach and drain off any liquid.

Cut the artichoke hearts into bite size pieces.

Combine all the ingredients and mix well. If they mixture seems a bit to thick add a small amount of the reserved artichoke liquid.

Pour into a greased casserole dish and sprinkle with extra cheese and paprika. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Let cool a bit before serving.

Serve with crackers, tortilla, pita or bagel chips.

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20-25 minutes




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9 comments:

Becky said... #

That looks sooo yummy! Wish I had some right now!

Ali said... #

Tina that looks amazing. I love spinach and artichokes together. ;)

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said... #

That's such a funny story! I think it looks delicious - great combination of flavors
Mary

cajunlicious said... #

This looks so good, thanks for posting!

Raquel @ Erecipe said... #

looks so creamy,delicious and nutritious too. I like artichokes and spinach.

Priscilla said... #

I've never made this dip. I always love it when someone serves it at their party. I wanted to check does the spinach need to be cooked?

Paula Deen cooks her spinach for the dip recipe. I found your blog because I was searching for Bobby's favorite goulash recipe, thanks for posting that. We'll be trying that recipe too.

Jessie said... #

Why are the pictures different one looks like it has been cooked more. Which one is how it would look if we cooked it ??

Tina Butler said... #

I don't cook the spinach first. It is frozen spinach that is added to the recipe and then once it is all mixed together it is baked.

Tina Butler said... #

They look different because they are two different pictures. One is baked and the other is unbaked just showing how it is prepared before baking. The one that is baked it the final product.