Artichoke and spinach dip is one of my favorites. It's amazingly simple and quick to put together, and it's perfect for snacking on during parties!
Best of all - no cooking is required to make the tastiest artichoke and spinach dip ever. And it'll be ready in about ten minutes! :D
This is my version of Alton Brown's famous artichoke and spinach dip - I've tweaked it a bit over the years and added more things!
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Step 1: What You'll Need:
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/3-1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- good pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 14.5 oz can artichoke hearts, drained (this will be about 1 1/2 cups artichoke hearts)
- 1/2 cup chopped frozen spinach, defrosted and drained
Keep in mind that the parmesan will make this plenty salty, so it's best to taste test and then add additional salt.
Step 2: Chop the Artichoke Hearts and Drain the Spinach
Drain the artichoke hearts first, and chop them as finely as you like.
Next, defrost the spinach in the microwave - I like to pack it in a 1/2 cup measure and microwave it 30 seconds at a time, packing more spinach in on top of the defrosted spinach. :) This will take just a couple minutes.
Once the spinach is defrosted, squeeze out any excess water.
Set the spinach and artichokes aside once they're prepped!
Step 3: Heat the Cream Cheese in the Microwave
Place the cream cheese in a large bowl and pop it in the microwave for 1:30-2 minutes, or until nice and warm. It should be very soft and easily mixed when done.
Step 4: Add the Rest of the Ingredients and Mix!
Add in the spinach and artichokes, the seasonings, and the cheese, sour cream and mayo. :D
Mix very well - when you don't see any clumps of spinach you're good to go.
Step 5: Serve!
I typically heat it up in the microwave again once it's mixed - it's excellent hot!
If you have a crockpot, it's easy to keep it out and warm for hours, and I think buying a crockpot is worth all the delicious artichoke and spinach dip you'll be eating out of it. :D
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