Who doesn’t love some piping hot spinach artichoke dip and a big glass of wine on a crisp Friday evening???
I’ve meant to try my hand at this for a while, and really, I’m unsure why I doubted my dip making prowess. I mean, it’s full of melted cheese… it’s impossible to screw that up! Truth be told, this isn’t really what one might call healthy, or low-cal, or high-brow. It IS what one might call delicious so just turn off your calorie counter and dig in!
Here’s What You’ll Need
1 x 14 oz Can of Artichoke Hearts – drain water and cut into smaller pieces
1 x Package of Fresh Spinach – washed
1 x Cup of Mayo – I did warn you that this wasn’t healthy, didn’t I?
1 x Cup of Parmesan Cheese
1 x Cup of Mozzarella Cheese
Bread Crumbs, Italian Style Bread Crumbs, or Crushed Croutons
Crackers or Crustini for dipping
Preheat oven to 350. Then place artichoke pieces in a large pot over medium heat. Add spinach to the artichokes and stir together. Cover pot with a lid (removing every few minutes to stir again). The heat from the fire and the lid will cause the spinach to wilt into the artichoke.
While your veggies cook, mix together your cheese and your mayo in a separate bowl.
Once your cheese and mayo are combined you can add it to your pot and mix it in with your veggies.
Stir your mixture and your veggies continuously over medium-low heat so cheese doesn’t burn. Once all cheese is melted transfer to a small casserole dish.
Just like with my Mac n’ Cheese I like to add a little something crunchy to the top. It adds flavor and great texture. I planned on bread crumbs, but apparently I had used them up on something else and so I went with old reliable… crushed croutons.
Once the croutons (or bread crumbs) are added it’s time for the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and croutons are toasted on top.
You’ll note that I put the bubbly hot dip inside of another larger casserole dish and then put my crackers around it. This was because it looked nice but MOSTLY because there were five little kids at the gathering I made this for and the dip is hotter than fire once removed from the oven. The extra dish worked as a barrier for little fingers.
This one is a crowd please and I hope your crowd loved it as much as mine did!