Monday, December 29, 2008

Classic Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Classic spinach and artichoke dip, made with spinach, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Monterey Jack cheese, Knorr vegetable recipe mix, garlic and canned artichokes, is always a crowd pleaser for any gathering.

Classic Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Another long-time party favorite! I use the Knorr recipe because I think it's the best, but for more of an Applebees copycat variation, Beth, one of our Facebook readers suggests ubstituting 1 cup of Parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup of Mozzarella cheese for the Monterey Jack cheese. Then eliminate the mayonnaise, reduce the cream cheese to 4 ounces and add in a 10 ounce jar of Alfredo sauce instead.

This dip is traditionally served in a hollowed out bread bowl. Martha, another one of our Facebook readers suggested making a Fried Bowtie Pasta as a dipper. Cook the pasta al dente, drain and pat dry. Toss the pasta with flour that has been seasoned with Cajun or Creole seasoning and then deep fry. Drain and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese while still hot. Martha says that leftovers can be stored and that they stay crispy. Sounds marvelous!

Here's how to make it.

Recipe: Classic Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 35 min | Yield: About 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 (10 ounce) package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 (8 ounce) block of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1-1/2 cups of shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 6 ounces) - reserve 1/2 cup
  • 1 package of Knorr vegetable recipe mix or dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients except set aside 1/2 cup of cheese. Spoon mixture into a 2 quart casserole, top with the 1/2 cup of cheese.

Bake 35 minutes until hot. Serve warm with corn chips, tortilla chips, or crackers. Can also place into a chafing or warming dish and wait to top with the extra 1/2 cup of shredded cheese then.

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip with Bacon:  Substitute 1 pound of cubed Velveeta for the Monterey Jack and reduce cream cheese to 4 ounces. Omit the artichokes, add 6 slices of cooked and chopped bacon and a can of Rotel diced tomatoes.

Applebees Copycat Variation: Beth, one of our Facebook readers provided this variation on spinach artichoke dip.  Substitute 1 cup of Parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup of Mozzarella cheese for the Monterey Jack cheese, eliminate the mayonnaise, reduce the cream cheese to 4 ounces and add in a 10 ounce jar of Alfredo sauce.

Serving Suggestion: Nice when served in a hollowed out bread bowl. Martha, another one of our Facebook readers suggested this Fried Bowtie Pasta as a dipper and I thought it was an excellent idea! Cook pasta, drain and pat dry, then toss with flour that has been seasoned with Cajun or Creole seasoning and deep fry. Drain and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese while still hot. Leftovers can be stored and stay crispy.

Basic Cold Spinach Dip
From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
  • 1 (10 ounce) package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry OR 1 package (10 ounces) of fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) carton of sour cream
  • 1 cup of real mayonnaise
  • 1 package of Knorr vegetable recipe mix, leek recipe mix or dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 3 green onions, chopped, optional
Combine all the ingredients and chill for 2 hours. Serve with corn chips, tortilla chips, or crackers. Also nice when served in a hollowed out bread bowl.

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4 comments:

  1. My favorite dip is spinach and artichoke dip. I could eat the whole bowl by myself. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Moma Mary....couldn't this be lowcarb???

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  3. A delicious variation is to use the Knorr brand of dry Leek mix (I think it is a soup mix). I am a spinach dip HOUND, I just love the stuff. For some reason, the leek mix provides a little something different. I recommend trying it out. :)

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  4. Sure will Ali - thanks!

    Shala is that you up there from December?? Sorry I missed that post - but yeah, use this dip with veggies instead of chips or crackers and totally low carb.

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