Thursday, October 6, 2011

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Football season is a season that welcomes fall as well as football parties. When we have any kind of get together I always have a few handy, dippy, appetizery dishes ready at a moments notice.
Yes, appetizery is a word. I don't make up words they can actually be found in my dictionary. You don't have the same dictionary? Pity, it has lots of fun words like yummilicious and potatoey:)

This spinach artichoke dip is easy and so delicious.

To start, here are the ingredients:
Spinach, artichokes, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic powder, salt and cayenne pepper.....OK now use your imagination and pretend the above photo doesn't have black pepper pictured and has cayenne instead. Sorry, lost my mind a little bit:)

To make this recipe as easy as possible thaw the spinach and soften the cream cheese in the microwave.

Now, for this recipe I used my food processor but it isn't necessary to make this recipe. It can be done by hand it just takes a little longer. The only thing you will have to do is chop the artichokes.

Let the fun begin...

Take the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder into a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and blend well.

Once blended you want to layer the spinach, artichokes and 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese in the food processor like this:
Pulse the food processor to combine. You want to make sure there are little bits of artichoke still visible like this:
I know it is huge but I wanted you to be able to see the texture:)

Now spread the dip in a oven safe dish. A small casserole dish works well or you can use what I did which was:
A pie plate:) It worked very nicely. I confess this was the only thing in my kitchen that was clean.

Top the dip with the extra 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.

Place into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until it looks like this:

I think I might be in love.

You will want to serve it up while it is nice and hot.

This dip can be served with pretty much anything you want. Such as bread, chips or veggies. However, if you try something new, try these:

These are a big hit in our household. According to my Husband they are a little spicy but are really good.

This dip is always a real party stealer and most of the ingredients are easy to have on hand. I have also doubled this recipe many times and the flavors always come out the same.

Enjoy this cheesy, spinachy, artichokey yumminess!

Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Adapted from Alton Brown

1 package frozen spinach
1 can artichokes (whole)
1 8oz block cream cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or more if you want to be spicy
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, salt and garlic powder into a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and blend.
Once blended layer the artichokes, spinach and 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese and pulse food processor until blended. You want to make sure it is still a little chunky.
Put the dip into an oven safe dish. An 8x8 casserole dish works well. Or a pie plate:)
Sprinkle the additional 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with chips, bread or veggies.

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