Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip

in Appetizers

Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip // www.acozykitchen.com

Who doesn’t love a cheese pull?!?

My nails usually look a wreck from cooking, so please let’s enjoy the fact that my nails are actually looking civil. I only paint my nails on my days off because polish lasts a total of five hours for me. And please don’t sing the praises of gel nails. They do last a long time, but the time it takes to have them put on and the effort to get them properly removed is too much for me. I can’t deal. I’m way too impatient.

This weekend is the weekend when all of our healthy eating goals of 2014 just go to hell. Kale salads and broths are replaced with piles and piles of chips with melted cheese on ‘em. I’m not mad at this. I plan on making chicken wings, per Wednesday’s recipe. And maybe I might even make some with traditional buffalo wing sauce. I love Frank’s hot sauce, though the wing competitions at buffalo wing places freak me out. I definitely won’t be eating 50 wings that make my face wanna explode, but I might have like 4.

This Spinach Arichoke Dip will also definitely be present. It’s sort of a classic, but I like this version. It’s a tad bit spicy, warm and a little tangy (thanks to the creme fraiche). It’s soooo good.

For the full recipe and pics, go over to PBS Food.

Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip // www.acozykitchen.com

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe January 31, 2014 at 2:32 am

I’m a huge dip-lover and the spinach/artichoke combo is definitely my favorite! Perfect spread on a piece of bread, alongside a warm bowl of soup but, yes, I have to admit it, I’ve also had it plain with a spoon!

xo, Elisa

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

When I saw this post I literally thought, “What a cozy dip!” And then I remembered your blog name and got myself laughing! lol Seriously, though, this dip looks fantastic. It would be a great addition to any super bowl (or not super bowl!) party!!

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Adrianna Adarme January 31, 2014 at 11:22 am

Haha I’m very “on brand” as they say. (I hate when ppl talk about their “brand.”)

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cheri January 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

Great combination, like the addition of the Worcestershire sauce, interesting!

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Adrianna Adarme January 31, 2014 at 11:21 am

I think it adds a lil’ something something!

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Taylor @ greens & chocolate January 31, 2014 at 11:04 am

Yes – a good cheese pull is priceless! Love this dip – looks perfect for Sunday!

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Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living January 31, 2014 at 11:33 am

I’ve been searching for some tasty Super Bowl recipe, and this is perfect! What would you recommend serving this dip with besides tortilla chips?

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Adrianna Adarme January 31, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I think slices of bread would be awesome!

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Lori January 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Yummy!! this looks like one I have to try.
BTW – try Vinylux nail polish. It’s not a gel, but wears like one. AND – you can remove it with regular nail polish remover and don’t need a light to “cure” it. I swear by it…

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Adrianna Adarme January 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Oooo…thanks for the tip. I’m gonna check that brand out. Thank you!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 31, 2014 at 12:38 pm

This is hands down my favorite dip of all time – so good!

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Tieghan January 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Very favorite dip! You photo are making me crave this! YUM!

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Agnes February 1, 2014 at 7:08 am

Looks better than the one from Houston’s Chicago!

(Have you tried shellac nail polish? It’s supposed to not chip and last a long time.)

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Lindsay Hayes February 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

PBS wasn’t expecting this inflow of visitors. Site isn’t working now :(

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Adrianna Adarme February 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Whoops! Sorry about that. Hopefully they’ll fix it soon!

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nora February 1, 2014 at 6:48 pm

yeah pbs site is down – i want to make this tomorrow – do you have the full recipe? can you post?? thx!!

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Adrianna Adarme February 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Ahhhh! Yes! Here it is:

1 small shallot, minced (about 1 tablespoon) 
1 garlic clove, minced 
6 ounces fresh baby spinach  
6 frozen (or canned) artichoke hearts, thawed and roughly chopped 
1/2 cup grated Parmesan-Reggiano 
1/2 cup grated low-moisture mozzarella, plus more for topping  
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons creme fraiche (or sour cream) 
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2-4 teaspoons hot sauce of choice (add less or more depending on desired spice level) 
Salt to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon) 
Tortilla chips or slices of bread for serving 

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. 

2. In a large saucepan, set over medium heat, add a scant teaspoon of olive oil to the pan. When the oil is warm, add the spinach and cook, tossing it every so often with a pair of tongs, until wilted, about 5 minutes. Transfer the spinach to a bed of paper towels and top the spinach with a few more sheets of paper towels. Bundle up the paper towels and squeeze until the spinach releases its water. 

3. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the same saucepan you used for the spinach. Heat the oil over medium heat and when warm, add the minced shallot and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Next add the garlic atop the shallot and cook until fragrant, an additional minute.  

4. To a large bowl, add the reserved spinach, the shallot/garlic mixture, artichoke hearts, Parmesan, mozzarella, cream cheese, creme fraiche, red pepper flakes, worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Mix until thoroughly combined. Salt to taste (I added about 1/2 teaspoon of salt). Mix once more and then transfer to a 1-quart baking dish. Top with a handful of mozzarella and place in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is lightly golden brown. Note: If you’d like the cheese to be a bit more golden brown, like mine, place it under the broiler for 2 minutes, being sure you’re watching it the entire time. 

Serves 4-6 (as an appetizer) 

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laura February 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm

So glad someone else asked for the recipe, I making it for tomorrow too! Can’t wait to try it and thanks again for posting the full recipe! :)

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K @ BKCsquared February 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm

YUM! Can’t wait to try out this dip. Anything with spinach + artichoke + dip in the name is AMAZING.

xo, K

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Leslie February 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

Making this right now!
Thanks!!

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Allie February 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

Made this yesterday! Everybody loved it, was super delicious!

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Adrianna Adarme February 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm

YAY! So glad. I made it yesterday too.

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