3.28.2011

Mangia Mondays 3:: Creamy and Delicious Spinach Artichoke Dip

Welcome to week three of Mangia Mondays, a fun recipe blog hop I co-host with the fabulous Kristin of Delightfully Dowling!  Thanks so much to those of you who linked up last week; I always love to see what everyone else has had success with in their kitchen and inevitably end up printing out hordes of new recipes to try!

Over the years I've tried many a spinach & artichoke dip recipe, and this one is by far my fave and the only one I go to now.  What could be better than a hot dip with creamy Alouette in it?  I'm a big fan of Alouette - big fan.  Give this one a try next time you're expecting company - it's great to make ahead and warm up as guests come through the door!


Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip
{Print Recipe}
1/4 cup fresh shallots, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 10 oz. package chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (I substitute w/olive oil)
1 8 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup half & half
2 oz. garlic herb cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Don't you think we should rename artichoke hearts artichoke roses?? 
I love finding pretty in the everyday.

In a large pan, saute shallots and garlic in butter or oil over medium heat for 2 minutes.  Chop artichoke hearts and add to pan along with spinach.
 Cook for 1 minute, then add cream, garlic herb cheese, salt and pepper. 
Simmer until cheese is melted, stirring to combine. 
Remove from heat and fold in grated Parmesan.  I grated the cheese right into the pan and just eyeball the amount.
Place in heatproof crock pot or ramekin and serve with tortilla chips, pita chips or crackers.  Right now I'm digging these blue tortilla chips and they are sturdy enough for spinach artichoke dip! 
May be made ahead, chilled and reheated at 300 degrees for 10 minutes.

Now lets see what's tickling your fancy in your kitchen these days! 

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9 comments:

Kristin said...

i could definitely receive a bouquet of artichoke roses & be a happy camper!

this dip looks so yummy... i want to dig in right now!

Val said...

Your dip looks amazing. I wish I would have known about the link party before I posted today!!! Happy Monday!

A Vintage Vine said...

Great dip and alouette is such a plus in that dip! I could eat alouette by the spoon fulls it my jeans would let me!!! I love this link up party....so many great recipes!!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I couldn't see where to add a link, but your dip looks amazing!

That barrette below this post took me back to jr. high sleepovers when we used to make these by the truck full!

classic • casual • home said...

My mouth is watering. I want to take photos so I can participate next Monday. Hmmm. What am I going to make?

Sandy said...

Oh, Lisa this looks yummie.
I should try it sometime.
Thanks for sharing.

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Yum!! You take incredible pictures by the way! :)

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Hey girl! Your blog is great and I love this Monday blog hop theme. I would love to play along next week? Spinach and artichoke dip is my all time favorite dip. You should definitely join my recipe challenge this month. You can click on the button on my sidebar and see the details if you like! I am following you now! XO
jessica

Christina said...

You are so right, they loo like roses! I love Garden of Eatin chips, their red hot blues are my favorite!