Friday, March 29, 2013

Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip


Another friend, Mariah Routley, is helping me fill in today while I'm out of the country. She's got a recipe I bet my granddaughter (22 months) would love as she's into "dipping"!


This easy and fast appetizer is a delicious side for any pasta themed meal. The Routley Family is a big fan of Italian restaurants and frequently visit the Olive Garden here in Dubuque. Special occasions deserve appetizers and the night we were to be engaged (although I didn’t know it at the time) we went to Olive Garden with the whole family and this was on the table. 

Ingredients: 

1 cup spinach (frozen)
1 can artichoke hearts (only in water- not marinated)
8 oz cream cheese (or Neufch√Ętel cheese)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
dash pepper

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup water on medium heat for 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander. 
  3. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the cream cheese for one minute or enough to soften. Add all remaining ingredients together in a 1 quart casserole dish. Add the strained spinach and artichokes. Using a hand mixer/blender, blend the mixture to a desired consistency (the artichokes should be bite sized at largest).
  4. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until the top of the dip has some brown spots.
  5. Garnish with fresh chopped tomato, basil leaves, celery, or chopped red pepper. Serve with toasted French bread or fresh baguette. 

Tips: May be kept in a slow cooker to keep warm. Recipe may be doubled.

For printable version click here.


Mariah Routley is super organized and loads of fun to be around. She is a public school substitute but spends most of her days at home taking care of her two, soon to be three, children. She loves running facebook pages for an online garage sale in her town and for her church. Her husband is my son's business partner at Routley-Fleming Motors.




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9 comments:

  1. Sounds good! Swinging through with the Inspire me Monday Hop!
    Nicky
    www.feelingtheemptynest.com

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  2. Yummy. I love artichokes! Thanks for the recipe. Linda

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  3. Sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. This is one of my favorites. I'm pinning it to my appetizers board on Pinterest.

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  5. Looks delicious and thanks for sharing!! :)

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  6. This looks so yummy! It would be great at a work potluck.
    Nikki
    rushedmommy.com

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  7. Sounds wonderful! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

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  8. This looks like it is worth a try . . . so much so that I pinned it! Thanks for sharing over at WholeHearted Home.

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