Spinach and Artichoke Dip is the perfect appetizer. Made with simple ingredients, this great snack comes together quickly and is always a hit!
There is something so wonderful about preparing food for people you love. This is perhaps even more true when it is fun party food, like this Spinach Artichoke Dip. This delicious and easy appetizer is one of my very favorites. It has the perfect combination of flavors, and comes together fast. This great dip is bound to be one of the first things to go.
How to Make Spinach Artichoke Dip
Hot spinach artichoke dip is simple and easy to make. It is really just a matter of mixing together a few ingredients and baking it. For the full recipe with all of the measurements be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe card.
- Make the base. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, and cream cheese. This is easiest with a hand held mixer.
- Add in the remaining ingredients. Stir in the cheese, spinach, artichokes, and seasonings.
- Adjust the seasonings. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
- Bake the dip. Transfer to a casserole dish, bake, and enjoy!
Grating Your Own Cheese
I’m going to climb back up on my cheese block soap box and urge you to buy a block of cheese for this recipe. With recipes as simple and easy as this, you want to make sure to shred your own cheese.
Buying pre-shredded cheese is definitely a short cut you can take. But it is coated in preservatives which makes melting difficult. So you will sacrifice both taste and texture. When cheese is a big flavor in a recipe (or just always) it is worth it to take the time to shred your own.
What Artichokes To Buy
Artichokes are sold several different ways: whole and raw, canned, marinated, and frozen. For this easy spinach artichoke dip, I really like using canned quartered artichoke hearts. It is simpler than cooking whole artichokes.
I would urge you to do a few extra steps with your artichoke hearts.
- Make sure to remove any tough pieces. Sometimes the canned artichokes have harder leaves still on them.
- Give them a rough chop.
- Squeeze them to draw out any extra liquid.
How to Thaw Frozen Spinach
I really love using thawed spinach in this recipe. It is a great way to get that spinach texture and taste while always having the ingredient on hand. Your best bet is to follow the thawing instructions on the package, but here are some extra tips.
- Cover the spinach as you thaw it in the microwave.
- Half way through thawing, mix it, and create a hole in the middle. This will allow it to thaw evenly.
- Allow the spinach to cool a little. Then using a sieve or a cloth towel, squeeze out all the remaining liquid in the spinach.
If you want to use fresh spinach in this recipe, it will need to be cooked down first. This is a good tutorial to follow: How to Substitute Fresh Spinach for Frozen.
Note on Salt and Pepper
This recipe uses a range for the salt and the pepper. I suggest that you add the low end of the range. Then taste the mixture and mix in more salt and pepper to taste.
Making this Recipe in a Slow Cooker
If you have a small slow cooker, this can be a crockpot spinach artichoke dip. Making it in the crockpot will keep your dip warm as your guests eat it.
Mix all the ingredients together, then add it to the slow cooker. Cook, stirring occasionally, until all the cheese is melted, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
Small Slow Cooker
Yes, but it will need to be cooked down first. I recommend following this tutorial: This is a good tutorial to follow: How to Substitute Fresh Spinach for Frozen.
Yes! Please see my instructions above.
I think this recipe is best when served warm.
It is not. There is barley in Worcestershire sauce.
It is not. There are anchovies in Worcestershire sauce.
Other Great Appetizers
If you are hosting a party and want other great dip options, check out some of these:
And if you want a similar recipe but as a cold dip, try my Spinach Dip.
If you make this Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe or any of my other recipes please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- 14 ounces artichoke hearts drained and chopped
- 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese grated
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Blend together the sour cream, mayonnase, and cream cheese. Mix in the artichokes, spinach, cheeses, Worchestershire sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Taste and add more salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour them into a 2 cup casserole dish, and cover.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve with bagel chips, pita chips, and vegetables.