I love dips. I love dips….almost as much as Oprah loves bread. Maybe more so, now that I think of it. She was pretty subdued in her announcement of loving bread. I am more of a Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch excited for dip. I will find an excuse to make dip….all the dips. Game on? Let’s have dip. Good report card kiddo? Lets have some dips. Today ends in -day?? Dip. I have a problem.
One of my favorite dips is Spinach Artichoke Dip. It’s cheesy…it’s great with all the carbalicious goodies like tortilla chips, pita chips, and even just bread (there you go Oprah). There are some amazing recipes for it out there and this is definitely a take on many of them. I have loaded this recipe with more spinach, twice the artichokes, more cheese and the perfect mix of seasonings to put this dip at the top of my list!
Super easy to throw together and bake, this needs to be at your next party. Just invite me, I will bring the chips.
The recipe calls for canned artichokes which are pretty easy to find now at many stores. One I like to use is a brand named Vigo. They are not marinated like many are, but that’s totally ok since we are seasoning the dip ourselves. They are in the can as the whole artichoke hearts so you will need to drain and chop those up. However…they are $.50 a can at Wal-Mart!!! Some of the canned, chopped, and marinated ones are almost $3.00….I am NOT one to turn down that big of a savings over having to do some chopping!
Once you mix everything together, its simple scoop into your baking dish and bake. Cant get any easier than that, right?
Just know…this recipes makes alot. EASILY a good recipe for taking to a party, or for game night, but it also will keep in the fridge for a few days to just keep those “snackers”, like me, happy in your home.
Have leftovers still?? 1 1/2 cups of this Spinach Artichoke dip can also create this yummy Spinach Artichoke pasta!! Simply prepare pasta as directed on box, reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, and drain the rest of the water from your pasta. Then, combine 1 1/2 cups of the spinach artichoke dip with the pasta and add in the 1 cup reserved pasta water. Then, just stir. Yep. Top with some grated parmesan and you have a SERIOUS winner.
And….total justification for making such a massive amount of dip for my family of four. I mean, not like I need justification….
For the parmesan, feel free to use shredded parmesan or even the grated parmesan. I have even used a combo of both!
Many recipes use Mayo…you certainly can. I like the bit of “tang” Miracle Whip gives:)
If baking in a loaf pan like I did…you may need closer to the 40 minutes of baking time. Deeper the pan…longer to cook through:)
Double Loaded Spinach Artichoke Dip
Super loaded with spinach , artichokes and of course cheese this dip is a must make!!
- 16 oz. bag Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 2 - 14oz Canned Artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1 1/2 Cups Parmesan Cheese
- 3/4 Cup Italian Blend shredded cheese
- 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 2/3 Cup Sour Cream
- 1/3 Cup Miracle Whip
- 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Step 2 In large bowl combine the thawed & squeezed dry spinach, the drained and chopped artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese and 1/2 Cup of the Italian Blend cheese. Mix to combine.
- Step 3 In another bowl, mix all of the spices/seasonings with the sour cream, miracle whip, and cream cheese. Mix well.
- Step 4 Add that mixture to the spinach artichoke mix and toss to mix well.
- Step 5 Place into a 2 quart baking dish or 9×13 pan or into a loaf pan.
- Step 6 Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes. Top with remaining 1/4 Cup of the Italian Blend cheese and pop back in oven just until that melts on the top,
- Step 7 If using deeper pan like a loaf pan (like I did) cooking time may be closer to the 40 minute mark.
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