Spinach and Artichoke Dip

in Appetizers, Sides, Snacks

Hi.

How did the holiday treat you? I ate PW’s cinnamon rolls (thank you to everyone who offered tips!), got a pair of red Tom’s and hung out with family. It was wonderful!

Did you know that 2011 is on…umm…Saturday! How did that happen? What an amazing year this has been! I’m ringing it in at a friend’s Mad Men themed New Year’s Party.

So my friend Teri and I are getting beehive hair-do’s, putting on glittery 50′s dresses and whipping up retro appetizers.

I contemplated a few options: tacky Jell-O molds, Swedish meatballs, deviled eggs (which I LOVE), pigs in a blanket (ew!), fondue (umm, yes please!).

I finally settled on this Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

It’s 50′s-ish, right?

I dunno. I think it counts, though, it reminds me more of late night runs to TGI Friday’s in college.  I went to college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and that was the only place open past 9pm.  TGI Friday’s taught me a few things about spinach dip.

1. It needs an ample amount of spinach.

2. Have a ton of creaminess going on.

3. And an equal amount of cheesiness.

This spinach dip has all three of those things. It’s a winner!

A few tips? I got ‘em. (I think.) I used frozen spinach.  To thaw it quickly, I threw it in some really hot water. I then drained it and used a cheese cloth to get all the water out.  You don’t want water in your spinach dip. It just ain’t right!

I added one artichoke heart. I went to battle with this artichoke for one artichoke heart. I recommend buying jarred artichoke hearts. MUCH easier.

Easy is good. If your spinach dip takes too much work then it’s not right.

I added Parmesan and mozzarella. I think the Parmesan gives it really good flavor and mozzarella gives it a good cheesiness. Add what you like! I think goat cheese would be lovely, too.

And then you just mix it all up. That simple. No biggie.

Put it in a gratin or casserole dish and top it with some more cheese. Bake it for 20-30 minutes and serve it with baguette slices or tortilla chips. Take a bite and then scream…

Happy New Year!

Perfect way to start 2011!

xo

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed

2-3 canned (or frozen) artichoke hearts, chopped

1/2 cup parmesan. grated

1/2 cup mozzarella, grated

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 tablespoons of mayo

1 1/2 tablespoons of sour cream

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Baguette or chips for serving

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Add all of your ingredients (except the baguettes, of course) to a large bowl and stir until combined. Place the mixture in a gratin dish or casserole dish, smoothing the surface with a spatula.

Top with a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until all melty and golden on top. Serve with baguette slices or tortilla chips.

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Blog is the New Black December 29, 2010 at 4:30 am

I just made my first spinach and artichoke dip ever. I’ve never tried it because I hate mayo, cream cheese, and sour cream! I finally experimented with cheeses and it was delicious. I’ll be posting it soon. Yours looks great, too! :)

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Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 29, 2010 at 5:07 am

Looks delicious! And I love TOMS shoes! :)

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Ryan December 29, 2010 at 5:45 am

Oh my goodness, that looks amazing!

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Kitten with a Whisk December 29, 2010 at 6:38 am

I just gained 5 pounds looking at that, so you know it had to be good!

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Alicia W. December 29, 2010 at 6:40 am

Oh my goodness! That looks quite tasty! Also, where did you go to college?! I’m currently a junior at the School of the Arts in Winston-Salem!

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Adrianna December 29, 2010 at 7:01 am

I went to school of arts! What are you studying?! I went for film.

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Nicole December 29, 2010 at 7:22 am

Sounds like a fun party and such a cool theme. My mom makes deviled eggs every year and I find those pretty 50′sish :) Your dip looks perfect! It must be the year for Tom’s, my brother and brother-in-law’s gf got them for Christmas :)

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Adrianna December 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I’m obsessed with them! They’re so comfortable.

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Joanne December 29, 2010 at 9:51 am

This sounds super retro to me! Are you guys going to make Old Fashioned’s? My brother was obsessed with Mad Men for a while and he forced me to go along with him on a search for angostura bitters last Easter. And then he ended up not liking the drink. Oh well.

This dip looks excellent! Cheesy creamy and…HEALTHY. Spinach? Yeah? Right?

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Adrianna December 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I plan on having copious amount of pink champagne (not 50s at all but super cute). I can’t do bitters–super gross!

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Maria December 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

Great New Year’s recipe! I can’t wait to make it!

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Katrina December 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

This recipe is perfect. I’m in love.

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Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen December 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Your New Year’s party sounds like so much fun! This dip is going to be perfect.

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Amanda December 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I’m pretty sure this counts as health food too. Nice way to ring in the new year. Several glasses of red wine before the big champagne toast should have your heart health covered too.

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Foodiebia December 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I made a similar dip (no artichokes though) in my identical Le Creuset pan about a year ago. While I never had the spinach and artichoke dip at TGIFridays, my roommate and I would buy the frozen TGIFridays dip and make it to eat after going out to bars. Your recipe sounds delicious!

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Adrianna December 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I’ve had that. I’m sorta embarrassed to say I kinda like it, though homemade is ALWAYS better. ;)

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Britney December 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm

That looks super yummy! I can’t wait to try it at Matt’s on Friday. I don’t think that we have formally met, I am Britney, Marco Garcia’s wife. I am attempting to make cake balls! We’ll see how this turns out:)

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Adrianna December 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Hi Britney! Oh good luck! I’ve never made them, but I know a few people that have followed Bakerella’s tutorials and have been really successful. Can’t wait to try them and meet you! xo

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Betty @ scrambled hen fruit December 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm

That sounds like such a fun party! Your dip sounds delicious. :) Wishing you a happy, healthy new year!

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Dana January 7, 2011 at 7:46 am

Happy new year!

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MorganJ January 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I was searcing the net for a good spinach dip for a par-tay tomorrow. Why didn’t I just come to your site first? Duh Morgan! No-brainer!

I’m making this. Also, I miss that TGI-Fridays. The best part about it was waiting for your table at Wet Seal. I think I went on some classy dates there…Friday’s, not Wet Seal. Jack Daniels chicken strips, anyone?

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Julee February 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Loved this dip!! Made it for the Super Bowl and was told that it was the best dip ever.

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Jessica October 22, 2012 at 10:59 am

This looks soo delicious. I can’t wait to try it!! Can you substitute miracle whip for the mayo though??

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Adrianna October 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

That should work just fine.

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suzie December 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Wondering if you could put it in a slow-cooker to make it…

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Ashley October 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Amazing recipe! So yummy!

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Baking Friends Forever January 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm

This dip looks amazing, so delicious!

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