Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Oh look! More spinach...Spinach & Artichoke Dip


If you couldn't tell from the recipes for spinach muffins and spinach casserole I've shared recently (in addition of course to spinach dip) as well as my proliferation for adding spinach to my breakfast burritos and egg muffins, I am an enormous fan of spinach. Spinach is an excellent source of fiber, protein, Vitamins A, C, E, K, thiamin, B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. 

As we head into the ho ho holiday party season, we naturally look for some solid dishes to bring along to parties or to serve ourselves at home. I'm not one to reinvent the wheel when it comes to dips. The saying oldies but goodies exists for a reason. 

Hot spinach & artichoke dip is one of my favorite fall/winter apps. It's creamy, dreamy, and most of all easy. I serve it with Ritz crackers and raw red peppers, but it's good with tortilla chips too! You don't need to craft a photo-finish Pinterest masterpiece every time you want to make an app, and this dip is proof of that. 

Ingredients
8 oz light cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayo
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 14 oz can or jar of artichokes, drained and chopped
1.5 cups finely shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4-1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese - I don't love it so I stick to close to a quarter
a pinch of kosher salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced, or 2 tsp + of garlic powder (to taste)

Directions
Mix everything together and put it in a tiny crockpot on low for about 2 hours. Mix every once in a while. Reduce heat to warm or turn off entirely until you need to warm it up. 

You know what would be awesome to mix this? A kitchenaid. I'm on the lookout for a great deal online this weekend. If you see one please let me know!

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Popeye. Spinach. Me.
What love may join together
Wait, that is marriage. 
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What's one of your go-to appetizers for the fall and winter months?

On a national note...I've written about Ferguson before. I can't do it justice here today but I did share some feelings on Instagram because I don't want to be radio silent about things that matter while I'm sharing recipes all la di dah. My thoughts are with the community there and with all of us for peace. 
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29 comments:

  1. Yum, that looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  2. More spinach, but more importantly...cheese. Everything's better with cheese. And spinach artichoke dip is a winner every time.

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  3. This is one of my favorite dips to read but I haven't ever tried to make it and I totally agree with Kelly - everything is better with cheese!!

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  4. I love spinach artichoke dip, my second favorite is buffalo chicken dip. Can't go wrong with either.

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  5. Spinach dip is one of my all-time favs, and it's the only way I can get H to eat spinach :-P

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  6. Yum! I always serve this with Tricuts...super tasty!

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  7. Spinach artichoke dip is my favorite! I've never tried to make my own though. I think it's time for a challenge. :)

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  8. I will have to make this!! I love arugula, too. You can't get any greener than those two. Kale does not do it for me. You are such s fruit and veggie girl because of Mom Mom!
    I love it!
    Love your Momma

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  9. I love it with some parm thrown in too. I make warm buffalo chicken dip a lot for the holidays... always a hit! Now gonna have to whip up some of this:)

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  10. I'm having trouble staying silent on the Ferguson thing but I'll get all ranty and I'm trying to avoid that this week.

    On another note, I LOVE spinach. I also love tiny crockpots. They amuse me. I have one and I need to definitely start using it more often.

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  11. spinach and artichoke dip is like my fave thing ever. so delicious.

    i love what you said about Ferguson on instagram. so well said.

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  12. This looks super duper yummy!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week :)

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  13. I am always a favorite at holiday get togethers when I bring this dip!

    And your words on Instagram were beautiful!

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  14. spinach and artichoke dip is one of my favorite dips. i don't make it b/c all the recipe's i've seen for it are normally difficult, but this is easy enough, thanks for sharing!

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  15. Mmmm give me all the spinach dip!!!!!!!!!

    I saw your post on Instagram, well said!

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  16. LOVE a good spinach artichoke dip!!! THis looks yuuuuummmmmmmm!

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  17. Looks awesome! Thanks for linking up! I've made spinach dip a bunch of times but never knew what type of artichokes to use.

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  18. I could just straight up eat this dip with a spoon, lol. YUM!

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  19. Yummy, yummy in my tummy. Sounds delish!

    I went back and read your post from August. You make so many valid points which some people wouldn't have the balls to say.

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  20. I LOVE spinach dip - and love red bell peppers with it. Although, I love the crackers and chips too but since I overload with dip I try to compensate with veggies instead of chips.

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  21. I love a good spinach dip. Never gets old ... and homemade is soooo much better than that crap in the jar!

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  22. I love me some spinach/artichoke dip! Never thought about dipping red pepper in it though. You just reinvented MY wheel!

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  23. I frequently order this as an appetizer, yet I've never made it myself. I'm going to have to change that!

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  24. I want to try Spinach dip with tofu. This seems like a really good recipe to sub some in. I don't want to lose all the flavor!

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  25. I do my spinach and artichoke dip with mostly cream cheese, just one big dollop of mayo, tons of asiago cheese but no parm or mozz, and just nutmeg and lemon juice to flavor it. I get rave reviews. I serve on baguette. I like it when cheesy, fatty dips have veggies in them so you don't feel so bad.

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