Monday, June 18, 2012

My family's favorite Spinach and Artichoke Dip

When Dan and I were first married, early in my entertaining life, artichoke dip was all the rage. In fact, I think it was the first dip I ever made. Well it might have been the Seven Layer Mexican Dip. Have you ever heard of that one? Both are delicious and have stood have test of time. Over the years I have adapted the Artichoke Dip to suit my family's taste. The original dip I made called for 1 cup mayo, 1 cup Parmesan cheese and 1 can Artichokes. We have added spinach, but not too much. I've also built up the flavors a little with the addition of some other ingredients. I was going to tell you the Peperocini Peppers were optional, and I guess I can't make you add them, but they are not optional in our family.  I hope you will give our version of this famous dip a try!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
1  tablespoon butter
1/2   cup onion, diced
2  cloves garlic, (1 teaspoon)
1  package (6 ounces) Fresh Baby Spinach, any tough stems removed and roughly chopped
1  package (8 ounces) Cream Cheese, softened
1/2  cup mayo
1/2  cup sour cream
1  can (15 ounces) Artichoke Hearts, drained and roughly chopped (sometimes I use 2!)
1  teaspoon Frank's Hot Sauce
1/2  cup Parmesan cheese, shredded, plus a little extra for top if desired
1  cup (4 ounces) Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Peperocini Peppers, roughly chopped 

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for a few minutes until soft. Add the garlic and continue sauteing for another minute until fragrant.

Add the fresh Spinach and continue cooking until the spinach is cooked down and any liquid has about evaporated, about 4-5 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, artichoke hearts, hot sauce, Parmesan Cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese. Mix to combine.

Spoon mixture into a baking dish. Top with extra Parmesan cheese if desired and Peperocini peppers.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

We served it with chips, but usually I serve it with my pita/flatbread recipe that you can find here.

Enjoy!

Kim

We've linked this to Thursday's Treasures hosted by Recipes for my Boys.

3 comments:

  1. Yum....you are a woman after my heart with all your lovely dip recipes. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  2. Oh wow, yummy!! I could go for some of that right now!!!

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  3. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM LOVE this!! Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures #39. I hope you will join again each week. <3 and hugs! http://www.recipesformyboys.com/2012/06/thursdays-treasures-week-39.html

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