Monday, January 17, 2011

Spinach Dip

Spinach dip is one of my favorite appetizers. I made it for our New Year's gathering, but before I could make it I needed a good recipe, and I knew just where to look - or rather, who to ask. My friend, Megan, used to make spinach dip all the time in high school and occasionally in college as well. It was DELICIOUS. The recipe is rumored to be the same recipe that Olive Garden uses, but we have no way to prove that. Regardless, it's the best spinach dip recipe that I know of.

Spinach Dip

1 8oz frozen box of chopped spinach
1 'brick' of creme cheese
6-7oz of shredded parmesean cheese
1 can of quartered artichoke hearts
garlic powder to taste
red pepper flakes to taste

Directions:  Cook spinach according to package directions.  Chop artichokes into smaller pieces and add to boiling spinach until heated through.  Drain spinach and artichokes.  Turn down heat and combine the two cheeses and the spinach and artichokes.  Stir until cheeses are melted through.  Add garlic powder and red pepper flakes to taste.  Serve in bread bowl for added oomph (whole wheat ritz crackers are divine with it as well).

I used to love this recipe because it was delicious (it still is). I now love this recipe because it's so easy to make! It's really only four ingredients plus a little seasoning. 
Here are some pictures from when my friend, Sarah, made the dip. She was so kind to take pictures for me because I meant to take pictures when I made it but forgot (thanks Sarah!).

Spinach and Artichokes being heated.

Both cheeses added.

Spinach dip ready to be "plated" (or "bowled" in this case :)

The hollowed out bread bowl (I used Sourdough).

Spinach dip ready for eating!

Sarah made the dip for work and everyone loved it. This is an appetizer that, in my experience, always goes over well. But maybe that's because I'm "that person" who stands by the dip all night and eats all of it :)

1 comment:

Jeannette said...

I am that person too. This is my personal fav and I think we should make some when you come out to AZ!!!!!