Saturday, May 11, 2013

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip. Yum. We discovered not that long ago that the girls actually liked spinach artichoke dip when the hubby and I ordered some for ourselves at one of the girls' favorite restaurants "Fridays". Sweet! And instead of buying their brand found in the freezer section, I decided to perfect my own. Whenever I make it, it's always to rave reviews, especially from Big Sis, which I just love love love!


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So, here's the recipe. It started from a yummy artichoke dip my sis-in-law gave me way back when. I just found myself varying it a little here and there over the years and this is what I ended up with: a very flavorful, not ridiculously unhealthy version of spinach artichoke dip that even my girls love to eat! With that, here it is. Hope you guys like it too!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Adapted from Kris' Artichoke Dip
by happyvballgirl @ My Epicurean Adventures

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
14 oz marinated artichokes, chopped
1 box (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
   * I also love to saute fresh spinach in grapeseed oil and the garlic instead of using frozen spinach
3 garlic cloves, minced (raw or slightly sauteed, depending on how garlicky you like stuff!)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and transfer to baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, uncovered.


It's great as an appetizer served w/ just about any type of tortilla chips or crackers. I also give it to the girls as a snack sometimes and on a rare occasion, when I'm feeling kinda lazy, it will even count as the girls' green veggie with dinner. And that's easy enough to do because I almost always have some on hand since I make a batch, even when we're not hosting parties, eat a little on the spot and store the rest in small 1 cup glass Pyrex containers (for snacks) and larger containers (for last-minute entertaining) to freeze for later. When the mood's just right, I just take it out of the freezer, pop the lid off, stick in the oven and then turn it on to about 375 and bake uncovered for about 20 mins (or so). It's that easy!

Served here with Corey of Family Fresh Meals'  Easy Homemade Tortilla Chips
Served as a mid-day snack for my little girlies :)
And finally as a little side at lunch. :)
(Update: 5/14/14)
Just made another batch using some fresh spinach from my CSA Papa Spuds and oh man, it was my best yet! Just sauteed the bunch in grapeseed oil and 3-4 cloves of garlic. WOW. Had to add my newest pics. Made some to eat today and the rest is for later use!


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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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10 comments:

Jenn Christ said...

This looks so yummmy! My kiddo also discovered a love for the dip at a Fridays! He cracked our waiter up once when he was 2 by begging me for spinach dip all the way to our table! :D Thanks for sharing this recipe, can't wait to make it!

happyvballgirl said...

Haha, that's so funny, Jenn! They can form a "We Love Friday's Artichoke Spinach Dip Club". Does Kidlet also like their deep fried green beans? My girls started eating green beans deep-fried, sauteed AND even fresh thanks to them. :)

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happyvballgirl said...

Awww, thank you!! :)

mary_smith said...

I love homemade versions of restaurant favorites. Thanks for sharing at the Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again this week!
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Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

I love this dip!!! YUMMY!

Shantel said...

Thank you for sharing! I've been looking for a good spinach artichoke dip and this one looks perfect. I'm making it for a party tonight. Thanks again!

happyvballgirl said...

My pleasure, Shantel! I reeeeeeaaaally hope everyone loves it! Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you had a fun party! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Diana!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks for co-hosting, Mary! :)