Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Baked until hot and bubbly, spinach artichoke dip is the perfect shareable appetizer to serve with crunchy chips, crisp vegetables, or toasted bread slices.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

You’ll often find spinach artichoke dip on restaurant menus as a popular starter, but it’s pretty easy to make at home and arguably even better. Be prepared that when a hot bowl of this dip hits the table during game day or your next party, it’ll have people lining up with chips and veggies in hand. This vegetable dip will disappear fast!

For this recipe, using tender marinated artichoke hearts elevates the flavor by adding a hint of sweet and tangy notes, compared to the bland canned versions. The chopped spinach and artichokes suspend in a rich and creamy mixture then get topped with cheese and baked until golden brown.

Ingredients to make spinach and artichoke dip

How to make hot spinach and artichoke dip

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF (204ºC).
  • Combine defrosted spinach with artichokes, cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, cheeses, and spices.
  • Evenly spread spinach and artichoke mixture in a greased baking dish.
  • Top with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake until dip is hot, cheese is bubbly and lightly browned on the edges.

Using frozen spinach

Frozen chopped spinach is the most convenient ingredient to use. Defrost the leaves in the microwave until melted, but not hot, you do not want to overcook them. Make sure to squeeze out most of the residual moisture before using it.

I find that instead of the compressed boxes of frozen spinach that become mushy, most large grocery stores sell them in bags, similar to corn or peas. The spinach can also be defrosted in the refrigerator overnight.

ingredients in a bowl before and after mixing together

Using fresh spinach

Fresh cooked spinach can also be used in this recipe. Use about 8 ounces or about 6 packed cups of baby spinach, yielding 1 cup of the cooked product. Chop the spinach once cool to the touch and add it into the dip mixture.

Elevating the artichoke flavor

Using convenience products like canned, jarred, or refrigerated artichoke hearts that’s already been cleaned and cooked makes this appetizer easy to prepare. However, choose artichokes that have been marinated in vinegar, sweetener, and spices to add brightness and depth to the super creamy base.

I recommended jarred or refrigerated artichokes that have been quartered. The cut pieces have more exposure to the marinade making it even more flavorful and easier to chop later. Cooking fresh artichokes also works, just remove the hearts before adding into the dip. Chop and combine with a splash of apple cider vinegar, honey, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and Italian seasonings.

fresh mozzarella cheese sprinkled over the dip

Cheese selection

I use a combination of high moisture mozzarella cheese and aged Parmesan cheese. The mozzarella provides a smooth melty texture to the dip and that sought out cheese-pull. The Parmesan adds salty, sharp and nutty bursts of flavor. Gouda, Monterey Jack, and pecorino romano are optional substitutions.

Making ahead and reheating

All of the ingredients can be mixed together and topped with cheese then stored unbaked and covered, for up to 3 days in advance. When ready to serve, bake the dip according to the directions, it may take a few minutes longer to heat straight from the refrigerator.

Leftover spinach artichoke dip can be cooled to room temperature, covered and refrigerated for up to two days. Reheat at 325ºF (163ºC) until warmed through, about 20 minutes.

What to serve with this

  • Fresh sliced French baguettes, sourdough bread or other crusty bread.
  • Toasted bread for extra crunch.
  • Tortilla chips, potato chips, or homemade crackers.
  • Fresh vegetables like celery, cucumber, or carrots.

Hot spinach artichoke dip in baking dish

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Fats are key to a creamy dip

For a luscious creamy base mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. The combination of different types of fats from eggs, dairy, and oil in these ingredients adds richness without risk of curdling like milk or cream when baked. Since mayonnaise is an emulsion of eggs and oil, it adds an extra buffer to prevent separation. The sour cream also provides a nice burst of acidity.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

Baked until hot and bubbly, spinach artichoke dip is the perfect shareable appetizer to serve with crunchy chips, crisp vegetables, or toasted bread slices.
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4.34 from 9 votes
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings 12 servings
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 cups marinated artichoke hearts, drained, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • cup mayonnaise
  • cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded whole milk
  • ¾ cups parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Instructions 

  • Set an oven rack to the middle position. Preheat to 400ºF (204ºC).
  • Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray or olive oil.
  • Place frozen spinach in a bowl and defrost at medium power for about 4 minutes, stirring halfway through. The leaves should be thawed but not hot.
  • Use hands to squeeze the excess water from the defrosted spinach.
  • In a medium bowl, use a spatula to mix together the drained spinach, chopped artichokes, cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, 1 cup of mozzarella, ½ cup parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  • Transfer spinach and artichoke mixture to greased baking dish. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan. Sprinkle ½ cup mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup parmesan cheese evenly on top.
  • Bake until cheese is lightly browned and bubbling around the edges, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Served spinach artichoke dip with chips, sliced baguettes, or crackers.

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Notes

Reheat: Preheat oven to 325ºF (163ºC). Bake dip until warmed throughout and cheese is melted, about 20 to 25 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 569mg24%
Potassium 135mg4%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 3554IU71%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 205mg21%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Carmen says

    I love your explanations of the reasons why you use certain ingredients. You Are a Not only a cook, chef but a Chemist!!! Love it!!!!

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