Are you looking to surprise your guests with an appetizer that will leave them craving more? Then look no further, my friend, because I have just the thing: my absolutely wonderful cheesy creamy spinach artichoke dip recipe. Trust me when I say, it’s the perfect combination of richness and tang that can elevate any gathering to a whole new level.
This dip recipe is a popular crowd pleaser and has saved me many times during dinner parties or game nights. The vibrant green color of spinach and flavorful bites of artichoke hearts blended in one bowl with sour cream, cream cheese, and a perfect mix of cheeses make for the ultimate dip experience.
Not only is it simple to make, but it is also versatile, as I’ll show you how to tweak or substitute the ingredients and serve it with different sides. Not to forget, this dip accommodates various dietary needs – it can be gluten-free or vegan spinach artichoke dip, without sacrificing flavor.
Believe me when I say that your guests will not only leave impressed, but also anticipating your next gathering. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to make some “cheesy” magic happen in your kitchen.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a dip that will knock your socks off and keep your guests coming back for more? Look no further than this absolutely wonderful cheesy creamy spinach artichoke dip recipe. Trust me, this is no boring or basic dip. This dip is loaded with flavor, thanks to the combination of mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, marinated artichokes, frozen chopped spinach, and cream cheese.
But what really sets this dip apart from the rest is the addition of half and half milk, heavy cream, and sour cream – giving it that extra oomph of creaminess that you just can’t get from any old dip mix. You’ll love how the ingredients combine to make a deliciously decadent texture that melts in your mouth.
This dip is perfect for any occasion – from game night with friends to Thanksgiving dinner with family. It’s so versatile that you can serve it warm or cold and pair it with anything from tortilla chips to Italian bread. You can even make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator or freezer for those last-minute gatherings when you don’t have time to whip up something new.
Don’t settle for ordinary spinach artichoke dip when you can have a truly exceptional one. This recipe will be sure to please even the toughest of critics and leave them begging for more.
Let’s take a look at what we’ll be needing to create this Absolutely Wonderful Cheesy Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip. Don’t worry, the ingredients needed are quite simple and can be easily found in your local grocery store.
Here’s what you need:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup Sour cream
- 1/2 cup Heavy cream
- 1/2 cup Half and half milk
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
- 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese, plus more for topping
- 1 can (14 oz) of chopped marinated artichoke hearts, drained
- 1 package (10 oz) of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- Salt and pepper to taste
Don’t hesitate to adjust the portions according to your liking. And if you have specific dietary needs, be aware that this recipe is gluten-free. You can also try substituting the dairy products with vegan options or fresh spinach instead of frozen. Now that we have all the necessary ingredients, let’s get started on making this Absolutely Wonderful Cheesy Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip!
The Recipe How-To
Let’s dive into the exciting part of this recipe, how to make the absolutely wonderful cheesy creamy spinach artichoke dip! Get ready to indulge your taste buds in this heavenly delight that is simple and easy to make.
Let’s first review the list of ingredients you will need to create this creamy spinach and artichoke dip.
- 1 cup thawed and drained chopped frozen spinach
- 1 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup Shamrock Farms heavy cream
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Now, let’s put all these ingredients together and make this scrumptious spinach and artichoke dip!
Step 1: Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
Step 2: Mix the Ingredients
In a large bowl, mix together the thawed and drained chopped spinach, chopped marinated artichokes, softened cream cheese, sour cream, Shamrock Farms heavy cream, grated Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, minced garlic clove, salt, garlic salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
Mix everything well until the ingredients are nicely combined.
Step 3: Bake the Dip
Transfer the mixture into an ungreased baking dish. You can choose any size baking dish you want depending on how much dip you want to make. A medium-sized baking dish should work well.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until it is bubbly and slightly golden brown on top.
Step 4: Serve Hot
Once baked, take out the dish from the oven and serve hot with your favorite dippers like tortilla chips, pita bread or veggies like carrots, celery or cucumbers.
Voilà! The most heavenly dip ever is ready for you to devour. Enjoy this creamy cheesy goodness with family and friends at your next party or game night.
Substitutions and Variations
Listen, I get it. Not everyone likes spinach, and not everyone has access to marinated artichokes. But that shouldn’t stop you from whipping up a batch of this absolutely wonderful cheesy creamy spinach artichoke dip. Don’t be afraid to experiment with some of the ingredients to create a dip that’s tailored to your tastes.
Firstly, let’s talk about the spinach. If you’re not a fan, you can swap it out for another leafy green, like kale or chard. Or if you want to go the extra mile and keep things low-carb, try using blanched asparagus spears instead.
On the other hand, if you’re vegan or gluten-free or trying to watch your dairy intake, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. You can easily make this recipe vegan by swapping out the heavy cream and half-and-half for equal parts unsweetened almond milk or coconut cream. For gluten-free folks, make sure to use certified gluten-free cheese and read labels carefully on any pre-made dips or condiments.
Finally, you could also add different herbs and spices to give the dip an extra punch of flavor. Try mixing in some chopped fresh rosemary or thyme for an earthy aroma; add a pinch of cumin or smoked paprika for some extra warmth; or stir in some diced jalapeno pepper for an added kick of heat.
The key here is to experiment until you find a variation that makes your taste buds sing. Remember: cooking is all about creativity and making something uniquely yours. So go ahead and have fun!
Serving and Pairing
Picture this – a cozy winter evening with a movie night with some friends, savoring the warmth of the fireplace and grabbing a spoonful of creamy, cheesy spinach artichoke dip to complement your favorite snack. Garnish it with freshly cracked black pepper or chopped scallions and pair it with crispy tortilla chips, freshly toasted bread, or roasted vegetables for an exquisite balance in texture and taste.
The spinach artichoke dip is an excellent choice for game day parties, potlucks, and group gatherings. It’s also an excellent addition to any appetizer spread or charcuterie board. You can even top your baked potatoes or grilled chicken with the dip for extra flavor and creaminess.
Looking for some beverage pairings? A glass of chilled white wine like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc offers a delightful contrast to the creaminess of the dip. If you’re opting for beer, go for something light like Pilsners or Wheat beers to ease out the richness.
Final thoughts on serving – enjoy it hot or cold but serve it fresh to maintain its smooth creamy texture. This dip can satisfy any partygoer’s cravings, so make sure you make enough!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Ah, reheating leftovers. It can be a tricky business, but fear not, my fellow culinary enthusiasts! I’ve got the inside scoop on how to make the most out of your absolutely wonderful cheesy creamy spinach artichoke dip.
First things first, let’s talk about make-ahead options. This recipe can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the fridge until ready to bake. In fact, letting it sit overnight can actually enhance the flavors for an even more decadent experience.
Now, onto storing. If you happen to have some leftover dip (which is rare, but hey, it could happen), transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days. Be sure to reheat only what you plan on serving, as multiple rounds of reheating can cause a loss of texture and flavor.
And finally, reheating your leftovers. The best way to do this is in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds at a time until heated through, but this may cause the cheese to become grainy in texture.
So go ahead, make that extra batch of absolutely wonderful cheesy creamy spinach artichoke dip and enjoy it hot or cold throughout the week!
Tips for Perfect Results
I’ve made this cheesy creamy spinach artichoke dip recipe countless times, and over the years, I’ve learned a thing or two about achieving consistently perfect results. Here are my top tips for making a heavenly good dip every time.
Firstly, make sure to thoroughly drain the marinated artichokes and frozen chopped spinach before adding them to the dip. Extra moisture will result in a runny dip that won’t hold up well in the oven.
Secondly, use room temperature cream cheese and sour cream. This ensures that they will easily mix together with the other ingredients, resulting in a smooth and creamy texture.
Thirdly, don’t skimp on the garlic. Garlic is one of the most important flavors in this dish and truly gives it that extra kick of flavor.
Fourthly, use freshly grated Parmesan cheese. While store-bought grated cheese may be convenient, it lacks flavor and can contain potentially harmful additives.
Fifthly, don’t skip the mozzarella cheese. The combination of parmesan and mozzarella cheeses is what gives this dip its incredible cheesiness.
Next, if you prefer your spinach artichoke dip to be extra flavorful, add some onion powder to the mixture. It gives another delicious layer of flavor to an already savory dish.
Finally, don’t forget to sprinkle a generous amount of garlic salt and black pepper on top before baking. These seasonings complement the flavors perfectly and add that extra depth of flavor you’re looking for.
Follow these tips and your absolutely wonderful cheesy creamy spinach artichoke dip will become your absolute go-to appetizer at any party or gathering!
Before we wrap up and hit the conclusion, let’s tackle some frequently asked questions about this absolutely wonderful cheesy creamy spinach artichoke dip recipe. Let’s clarify some doubts so you can create this dip with ease and confidence.
How do you make Paula Deen’s spinach dip?
For this appetizer, we will need a package of softened cream cheese, a quarter cup of mayonnaise, half a cup of grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and garlic salt. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste, followed by two teaspoons of Tabasco hot sauce. Then, stir in a can of drained and chopped artichoke hearts.
What is creamy spinach dip made of?
When preparing the delicious creamy spinach dip recipe, ensure to gather the essential ingredients such as frozen spinach that has been thawed, sour cream, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, onion powder, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
Why is my spinach artichoke dip watery?
When it comes to making spinach artichoke dip, it’s important to avoid ending up with a watery mess. To achieve this, the key is to ensure that all of your ingredients are relatively dry before mixing them together. The recipe will most likely instruct you to remove any excess moisture from the spinach by squeezing it, and you can also dry off the chopped artichoke pieces with a paper towel. By taking these extra steps, you’ll be sure to have a dip that’s creamy and delicious without any unwelcome liquid.
What is the best cracker for artichoke dip?
If you’re making this dip, don’t be tempted to crank up the heat or cut down on cooking time. Trust the recipe and take your time. Additionally, while sliced baquettes may look more aesthetically pleasing, it’s actually saltine crackers that pair the best with this dip, as confirmed by feedback from those who have tried it over the years.
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If you are looking for the perfect appetizer for your next gathering, look no further than my absolutely wonderful cheesy creamy spinach artichoke dip recipe. With its combination of spinach and marinated artichokes blended together with cream cheese, sour cream, and plenty of cheese, this dip will have your guests coming back for seconds and thirds.
You won’t regret making this fabulous dip that is gluten-free and can be easily modified to be vegan. This recipe is versatile too, as it can be made ahead of time, stored in the fridge or freezer and reheated when necessary. You could also switch up the ingredients to make it your own.
Trust me, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching your friends and family dive into a hot bowl of cheesy, creamy dip before the main meal. With this recipe, I guarantee they’ll be asking you for it every time they come over. So don’t hesitate to give it a try the next time you need to impress your guests with an amazing appetizer.
Absolutely Wonderful Cheesy Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained well)
- 1 (6 1/4 ounce) jar marinated artichokes (drained and chopped) (optional)
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 -3 garlic clove, minced, to taste (or more)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- serve with French bread (toasted) or sourdough bread (toasted)
- 1/2 cup half and half milk or 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients (except bread) into a mixing bowl, gently fold together until combined.
- Pour into a greased or oiled 8" or 9" pie plate or other baking dish.
- Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes or until browned and bubbly.
- Let stand to cool down it will be very hot.
- Slice bread 1/4" to 1/2" and place directly on oven rack to toast for the last 5 to 10 minutes of baking time.
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