Sunday Recipe Day: Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip
This is day 3 of my blog challenge, and Amethyst is being easy on us. My favorite weekend hangout food is hot spinach artichoke dip. I wish I had a photo. It’s truly beautiful when it comes out of the oven.
Here’s the recipe (complete with options and alternates).
Linny’s Hot Spinach/Artichoke Dip
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese (I use fat-free) brought to room temperature
1 cup mayonnaise (I prefer light) (Optional: Replace with 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt plus 1/2 cup light mayo)
1 pkg Vegetable Soup & Dip mix (Like Mrs Grass or Knorr)
1 frozen brick of spinach (10 oz) thawed, drained and squeezed of liquid
1 can artichoke hearts (14 oz) drained and coarsely chopped (or equal amount of frozen thawed artichoke hearts chopped)
3 cups (or 3 large handfuls, approx 8 to 12 oz) shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup (approx) shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese
Add some soy sauce, toasted sesame seeds, bean spouts, and water chestnuts. Esp. good if you’re serving Chinese food or want to bulk up the dip for more people.
I also on occasion throw in other chopped vegetables if you want to use them up, like peas, shredded carrots, chopped kale, etc. Switch out some of the Mozzarella with a mixture of other flavorful melting cheese, like cheddar, American, Swiss or your personal favorite.
If you have leftover chicken, shred it and add to the mix. Then you can serve on lettuce cups, too.
- In a medium-size bowl thoroughly combine cream cheese, mayonnaise and vegetable soup mix.
- Stir in spinach, artichoke hearts and Mozzarella cheese (reserve some cheese for the top).
- Spread mixture in a 2-quart casserole/baking dish (don’t need to grease).
- Sprinkle top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan. (Can also sprinkle with bacon bits, too!)
- Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until top is melted and starting to brown at the edges.
- Serve warm with mini toast, toast strips, crackers, vegetable sticks, crinkle potato chips, or corn chips.
Warms up the next day beautifully in the microwave! I sometimes just have this for dinner with vegies and bread.