Spinach Artichoke Dip


Spinach artichoke dip has to be one of the most popular appetizers around, as evidenced by the fact that so very many restaurants include some variation on their menu.  Its popularity is understandable considering how decadent and irresistible it is.  Really, I seem to find myself powerless to its charms.  As a kid I doubt I would have touched it with a ten foot pole since it contained artichokes.  I hope this mentality still holds with some today – more for me!  Whether having it as a “main dish” during a night of drinks with friends or using it as a starter for a full meal, I have no self control around this dip.  I will be serving this as a pre-Thanksgiving appetizer and I am hoping my various kitchen tasks will keep me busy enough to refrain from demolishing it before everyone else.

I used to have a recipe for spinach artichoke dip that was very tasty, but it called for jarred alfredo sauce and since I don’t buy that for any other purpose, I decided to come up with a version that didn’t require a special and somewhat expensive ingredient.  I searched a lot of my most trusted recipe sources first, but none of the versions I found sounded like what I was going for.  This is what I whipped up and after having tweaked it a bit, it’s now ready to be shared and shared often.  If your hips hate me, I sincerely apologize.

Spinach Artichoke Dip
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Ingredients:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup coarsely chopped canned artichoke hearts
4 cloves roasted garlic*, smashed
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. roasted red pepper flakes

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, Parmesan, sour cream, mayonnaise, spinach, artichokes, roasted garlic, salt and red pepper flakes.  Mix well with a rubber spatula until all ingredients are evenly blended.  Spread into a small baking dish (I used a gratin dish).  Sprinkle additional grated Parmesan over the top if desired.  Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is slightly browned.  Serve warm with baguette slices, pita chips, crackers, etc.

*To roast individual cloves of garlic, I just throw the unpeeled cloves into a baking dish or pan and bake at 350˚ F for 25-30 minutes.  Let cool before squeezing the cloves from the peels.

Source: Annie original

63 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing this before Thanksgiving!!!

  2. i love spinach and artichoke dip and it definitely is always a huge hit

  3. Annie,
    This recipe looks like a keeper. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. I am such a sucker for spinach artichoke dip and yours looks delicious!

  5. Mmm spinach and artichoke… Some of my favourite flavours! This looks terrific!

  6. I just made Brown Eyed Baker’s version and everyone absolutely loved it. Hadn’t used cream cheese in it before this recipe. Served mine with sea salt bagel crisps. I’m definitely going to try yours as well! Love roasted garlic!
    Have lots of holiday parties coming up for it & lots of spinach artichoke lovers as well!

  7. I’ve never tried this dip, simply because I don’t do cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, etc…. but you make me want to go for it!

  8. Mmmmm…I love spinach & artichoke dip. The best.

  9. this is one of my favorite dips! my aunt always makes it on thanksgiving, and there is no way i can control myself around it!

  10. Thanks for sharing! If we’re being honest, I have to admit to eating half a container of Publix’s spinach artichoke dip last night with dinner. It’s a vegetable, right?!

  11. Yum, I’m going to make this next wednesday night when we arrive at the house we are renting in the mountains

  12. I love spinach and artichcoke dip. It never gets old! Thanks for sharing this great homemade recipe 🙂

  13. YUM! I was hoping this recipe would find its way to your blog! Thank you! 🙂

  14. Ooo! Looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks!

  15. looks amazing! i might try it for a get-together next weekend! thanks for sharing!

  16. Looks delicious! BTW, thanks for sharing the Garnish website! Do you have any other websites for food storage/cooking equipment? Maybe a post with shopping sites and/or cook books you like? 🙂

    P.S. If you’ve already done a post like that, then sorry! I’m still scouring through your old posts and I’m bound to find my way there!

    • No, I haven’t done a post about it. I will actually have a page about that sort of thing on the new site when it is up.

  17. I made a very similar version of this over the weekend and warmed it in a crock-pot. It turned out perfect.

  18. I cannot wait to try this, maybe I will make it this weekend to “try” it out before serving it on Thanksgiving. You had me at cream cheese 🙂

  19. I’m new to your blog and I absolutely love it!! I read through all your recipes yesterday and have so many I can’t wait to try out!
    Thanks so much for posting this, spinach artichoke dip is my favorite and I can’t wait to make this recipe on the weekend for friends.
    Have a wonderful day,
    J.

  20. I am excited to try this recipe. Spinach Artichoke dip, like you, is an extreme weakness of mine!

  21. This recipe reads very similar to my spinach dip, but I bet it tastes even better! I’m sure this will be a big hit at many upcoming Thanksgiving parties! Thanks for sharing, Annie.

  22. The quantity of comments on this speaks highly of its appeal. I’m sure you know that you can get frozen artichoke hearts. They are a superior product to canned, although they do need cooking first (just in the microwave for a few minutes). Ironically Peter and I decided just this morning to have our Thanksgiving dinner in the evening and make appetizers and hors d’oeuvres to pick at at lunch time. This one is a real possibility. Thanks.

    • Yes, I do know frozen are supposedly available but I don’t think my store carries them. I have looked so many times and no dice!

  23. Actually I’ve never had artichoke dip with spinach in it…makes me feel better about indulging:) I’m sure with the roasted garlic added it’s out of this world!

  24. Ohhhh, no you didn’t. This is trouble. Spinach artichoke dip is one of my guilty pleasures. I would love to make this for Thanksgiving, but I would eat half of it before anyone got there. Not gonna lie.

  25. Can you make this ahead of time by freezing it? Would you bake it first?

  26. I LOVE spinach & artichoke dip! This seems like a perfect football Sunday food!

  27. Out of curiousity, if I were to make this the night before, do you think it could be reheated in a microwave? I’m thinking potluck….

  28. My hips definitely hate you! But wow this looks amazing…

  29. I adore spinach artichoke dip!! It’s my absolute favorite 🙂 Can’t wait to try yours!!

  30. Love, love spinach dip, I made a deconstructed version a few days ago as a pasta sauce and it was delish!

  31. I’m drooling! Will be making it this weekend.

  32. Wonderful timing for me to check your blog as I was looking to find a recipe for this dip….thanks so much for sharing…I can’t wait to make it!

  33. So due to some unexpected events, I just found out TODAY that Thanksgiving is moved to my place! Thank goodness for your Thanksgiving planning tips, those posts are going to save my life this upcoming week! I will definitely be putting this dip on my menu.

  34. this looks perfect! nothing crazy. I’m bookmarking.

  35. You just remind it me to keep looking for this recipe I had for the same recipe. I am going to try my hardest tomorrow, if not will go with your version, it sure it looks wonderful as well.

    By the way can’t wait for your new site. Do you know when should be expecting by?

  36. Never mind about the qt. Got the answer on your other post 🙂

  37. Thanks for this recipe! I’ve always been afraid to try making this dip and it was *fantastic*!! I made it for a dinner party last night and it was a huge hit. I was hoping to have more of it left over than I did! Thanks again for sharing this fabulous recipe!

  38. I love that this! My recipe also called for the alfredo sauce. I will have to try this out for sure! YUM!

  39. I use so many of your recipes, so I just want to drop a line and say thank you 🙂

  40. Annie,
    Can you make this ahead of time? If so, how would you suggest going about it?

  41. It is my favorite dip! I know you are not a fan of low-fat substitutes but here you can safely use low-fat sourcream and mayo: I tried and it works well. I also add some cubed mozzarella. Thank you for your wonderful blog, I always try something from your recipes!

  42. THANK YOU!!! I made this this weekend with my family at the Oregon Coast. It was the perfect snack between clamming and dinner! I just used with club crackers because those were easier to transport!!

  43. This is perfect! We were asked to bring an appetizer as our contribution to Thanksgiving. How many people do you think this would serve? Also is freezing the night before necessary or would refrigeration work just as well?

    • With things like dip I find estimation of number of servings nearly impossible which is why I haven’t listed any. You can just refrigerate the night before.

  44. I made this for dinner tonight as a side with TLC crackers (hey, it’s the holidays! :). It was delicious and not too heavy or greasy like other recipes I’ve tried. I love the chunks of cream cheese throughout. I really enjoy your blog!

  45. YUMM! I can’t tell you how much everyone RAVED about this appetizer on Thanksgiving. It was delish!

  46. Excellent recipe! We added some chopped water chestnuts that gave a good crunch element to the dip. Thanks for sharing.

  47. This dip looks amazing. It’s definitely a step up from my artichoke dip.

    I’ll definitely be trying this next time. Thanks for sharing!

  48. Thank You so much for this recipe – made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it! This is THE.BEST.SPINACH.DIP.EVER!

  49. This was a huge hit at Thankgiving but I didn’t let anyone take any left overs home, I kept this all for myself! YUM!

  50. I doubled this recipe, mixed it up the night before, and baked it an hour before a big family birthday party, and it was a hit! Kids and adults alike were enjoying it. I have enough faith in the recipes that you share, that I am willing to try it first time on a large group. Thanks so much! 🙂

  51. My husband, who normally doesn’t like spinach and/or artichoke dip really enjoyed this! Often this dish is overwhelmed by mayo but your version isn’t. Thanks for a great recipe!

  52. This looked amazing and it was. I made it last night for a company Christmas party we hosted and everyone liked it…the only thing that troubled me was that it seemed a little drier than I imagined…do you think I baked it too long? I do have a convection oven – do you think that makes a difference? Maybe I should have covered it with foil while baking?? Either way the taste was amazing!

    • I’m not sure, I don’t really know anything about convection ovens. Lots of other readers have made it and no one mentioned it being dry. I guess just bake a little bit less next time.

  53. Hi Annie,
    Your recipes sound amazing! I would like to make this and have some questions before hand for you 🙂 Can you use marinated artichokes? Also do the red pepper flakes have to be roasted? Thank you for your wonderful recipes…look forward to making this sooon.

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