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Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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This easy Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe combines spinach, artichokes, cream, and cheese to make a delicious creamy appetizer. It’s perfect for game day or a holiday party!

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke dip...perfect for game day or a holiday party! Your guests will never know how easy it was to make!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

You might remember that recently I shared Hood’s new eCookbook Chef Creations Inspired by Hood Cream with you.  As I mentioned before, HP Hood teamed up with Boston Chef Chris Coombs, who is the chef/owner of the renowned Deuxave and Boston Chops, and also the official chef and spokesperson for Hood® Cream, to create more than 25 summer and holiday recipes that are geared towards the everyday cook. Chef Chris Coombs includes special tips for cooking with cream on every recipe, as well as his inspiration for creating each dish. 

I had the opportunity to try a number of these dishes at Deuxave a couple of months back. They were all incredibly amazing. With every single dish they brought out, I thought to myself “they couldn’t possibly top the last one!” and yet, they did. And best of all, they’ve all been easy to recreate at home! I’ve already made several of them. With these great recipes, and Chef Chris Coombs’ cooking tips, anyone can create chef-quality meals that are perfect for entertaining. Your guests will never guess how easy they are!

With all the holiday parties coming up, I wanted to pick an appetizer to recreate, and one that I hadn’t already made. 

I chose the Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe. It’s one of my favorite dips, and I often order it in restaurants.

One of the key components of a good recipe is high quality ingredients. I’ve been using Hood® Cream for years for that very reason. So I wasn’t surprised to learn that Hood® Cream is also frequently used in kitchens of some of the very best restaurants! Luckily for us, it’s also accessible in many of our favorite grocery stores.

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke dip...perfect for game day or a holiday party! Your guests will never know how easy it was to make!

Oooey gooey Spinach and Artichoke dip...perfect for game day or a holiday party! Your guests will never guess how easy it was to make!

This spinach and artichoke dip is not only easy to make, but you can have it ready to go in about 30 minutes. 

Sauté your chopped garlic with canola oil over high heat. Make sure you keep an eye on it because garlic can burn quickly. Once the garlic begins to turn color, add the baby spinach and water and sauté on high until the spinach wilts. Remove it from your pan and let it cool. Wring the excess water from the spinach using a cheesecloth or a clean dish towel. Chop spinach.

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise and Hood® Heavy Cream in a large bowl, and mix together until smooth. Add baby artichokes, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, mozzarella, thyme, black pepper, hot sauce, paprika, lemon zest and kosher salt. Mix until well combined. Place the mixture into an oven-proof baking dish, top with the remaining two tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, and then bake for 15 minutes (or until the dip is hot and bubbly). Serve with pita chips or toasted baguette slices. 

 Doesn’t it look good? I will admit I was eating it while I was taking pictures…I just couldn’t help myself! This easy spinach and artichoke dip is sure to be a hit at your next party!

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke dip...perfect for game day or a holiday party! Your guests will never know how easy it was to make!

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke dip...perfect for game day or a holiday party! Your guests will never know how easy it was to make!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This traditional dip with a touch of zest and heat is perfect for game day or any family gathering. Spinach, artichokes, Hood® Cream and cheese are melted together to creamy, bubbly perfection.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 8 oz. baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Hood® Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup baby artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Pita chips or toasted baguette

Instructions

  1. Sauté your chopped garlic with canola oil over high heat.
  2. Once the garlic begins to turn color, add the baby spinach and water and sauté on high until the spinach wilts.
  3. Remove it from your pan and let it cool.
  4. Wring out the excess water from the spinach using a cheesecloth or a clean dish towel.
  5. Chop spinach.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  7. Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise and Hood® Heavy Cream in a large bowl, and mix together until smooth.
  8. Add baby artichokes, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, mozzarella, thyme, black pepper, hot
  9. sauce, paprika, lemon zest and kosher salt, and mix until well combined.
  10. Place mixture into an oven-proof baking dish and top with the remaining two tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes (or until the dip is hot and bubbly).
  12. Serve with pita chips or toasted baguette slices.

Be sure to grab your copy of HP Hood’s interactive eCookbook!  You can download it on to your desktop, laptop, tablet, or even your smartphone, and take it anywhere you plan to do some cooking. I’m sure that will come in handy for many of us this holiday season! It is available for free download now at Hood.com/ecookbook, and soon you will be able to download it on iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.com as well!

I personally love all the interactive features of this eCookbook. Sharing is easy since each recipe has social media sharing buttons for Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter…perfect for saving a recipe for quick reference later, or sharing with friends and family. I also really like the “step by step” cook view mode that lists out each recipe, making it easier to follow while cooking.

I plan to make several of these recipes for our holiday celebrations this year. Which one would you most like to try?!

*You can also visit HP Hood on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for even more recipes and promotions! 

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke dip...perfect for game day or a holiday party! Your guests will never guess how easy it was to make!

Boyd Lorandcon

Sunday 11th of October 2020

This may have been addressed already but I did not see it. Is it acceptable to use frozen spinach (well drained) in place of fresh spinach. The cost is the impetus behind this question. Please respond. Thank you.

Michelle Nahom

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Yes, you can use frozen in place on fresh but it definitely needs to be well drained.

Whitney @ Whitney's Real Recipes

Saturday 12th of November 2016

Spinach and artichoke dip is one of my all-time favourites. This one looks delicious and super creamy. Thanks for sharing - popping over from Saturday Sharefest! :)

chefjulianna

Saturday 12th of November 2016

Mmmm! I love this recipe and have bookmarked it! I will be making it for sure in the upcoming holiday season! Can't wait! :D

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

Saturday 12th of November 2016

Congratulations. You’ve been featured on this week’s What’s for Dinner link up! Stop by tomorrow when it’s live and grab your “I’ve been Featured” button!

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Thanks for sharing!

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

Sunday 6th of November 2016

This looks good - especially the crispy sides - I'd be picking that off and eating it! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned, yummed and tweeted!

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