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Ultimate Spinach Artichoke dip in a baking dish with crostini being dipped into it.

Ultimate Spinach Artichoke Dip


  • Author: Leannda
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cups 1x

Description

Rich, creamy spinach artichoke dip packed with cheese, Greek yogurt, savory spinach, nutty artichokes, zesty garlic and a kick of smoked paprika.


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Ingredients

  • 16-oz cream cheese, softened (two bricks)     
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper paste or 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups shredded Italian blend or mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 10-oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed & liquid strained out
  • 2 packed cups canned artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped (about 1 1/2 14-oz cans)
  • About 12 teaspoons smoked paprika to taste

Serving suggestion: crostini, pita chips, pita bread, tortilla chips, etc.


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.  
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir the softened cream cheese until it is uniformly smooth. 
  3. Stir yogurt, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes into the creamed cheese until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the Italian blend cheese and 1 cup of the parmesan cheese into the mixture, setting aside the rest of the cheese.
  5. Fluff the spinach with a fork, then stir into the cheese mixture until evenly incorporated. Stir in the artichokes as well.
  6. Scoop the mixture into a medium (9×13) oven-safe dish, smooth it out, and add a dusting of paprika. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top as evenly as possible, then add another light dusting of paprika.
  7. Cover the dish with foil and bake it for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove the foil and bake, uncovered, for another 15 minutes. 
  9. Serve warm with pita chips, tortilla chips or crostini.  

Notes

  • This makes a LOT of dip, so if you decide to freeze half or make it in more than one dish, I would reduce the cook time a bit and watch it closely. 
  • When I say chili paste, I’m talking about something like this. I would not recommend using something like gochujang paste in this—unless you want to. Then you do you, and let me know how it goes!
  • You can serve this with whatever you like, but I suggest having some sturdy options. I love it with thin Italian grissini breadsticks, but they snap so easily and can’t pick up bigger pieces. It’s awkward to chase an artichoke around your plate for 5 minutes in a social setting.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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