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Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

The easiest, cheesiest, creamiest dip of them all. This easy spinach artichoke dip is an instant party hit that will become your new favorite appetizer!

Easy spinach artichoke dip in a green ramekin on a white cloth

The easiest!

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip


Where does this dip come from?

I would really like to know the true origin of spinach artichoke dip.

There’s a theory that it originates from the old Knorr Classic Spinach Dip recipe, which could be found on packages of Vegetable Dry Soup Mix.  I’ve heard tell it was around as early as the 50s, but I couldn’t find positive proof.

Anyway, that recipe had water chestnuts in it, which I consider an abomination before the Lord.

Yuck.

Plus, the old Knorr recipe was for chilled dip—most spinach artichoke dips are served warm.

Wikipedia claims that this type of dip may have originated with Hellman’s Mayonnaise, or Lipton soup mix, but offers no references for that claim.  It’s true that many recipes for this dip include mayo, but that’s a feature of the old Knorr recipe, too.  So who knows, really.

If you have any thoughts on the origin of spinach artichoke dip, drop me a line in the comments.  I follow up on all leads!  And I’ll continue to keep looking in our stash of old cookbooks in case I run across something.

Meanwhile, let’s get into the dip.


Why this recipe is so darn easy…

It’s easy because I tested it more than a dozen times until I got it exactly right and figured out how it could go wrong.

That’s why recipe testing is important.  Anybody can write down the right way to cook something.  It takes practice to figure out how it can go wrong and write down how to avoid those pitfalls.

In essence, this recipe shows you how to avoid the number one problem with hot dips: wateriness.  If you don’t handle the water problem right from the beginning, your dip will be drippy, and no one wants that.

In addition, I made sure the balance of cheeses was just right.  It’s not too thick, or too stringy, or gummy, or grainy.  It takes the right kind and amount of cheese to get it perfectly creamy and cheesy.

As long as you follow the directions, it’s guaranteed to come out delicious.  Serve it at your next party and impress everyone.

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Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

The easiest, cheesiest, creamiest dip of them all. This easy spinach artichoke dip is an instant party hit that will become your new favorite appetizer!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, cream cheese, easy, holidays
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 251 kcal
Author Katie Moseman

Ingredients

  • 5 cups fresh baby spinach lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 cups quartered artichoke hearts equal to a 14 ounce can, drained
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp white cheddar I use Kerrygold Dubliner
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Wilt the spinach in a large nonstick skillet over low heat for about 5 minutes, or until completely wilted. (Do not use a pot; it will trap moisture and the spinach will be watery!)

  2. Drain the artichokes. Press them between paper towels to remove moisture, then repeat one more time with fresh paper towels to remove any remaining moisture. Add the artichokes to the skillet.

  3. Add the cream cheese. Stir the mixture until the cream cheese melts completely.

  4. Add the cheddar and stir until it melts completely. Add the parmesan, salt, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. Stir thoroughly, breaking up the artichokes as you stir.

  5. Serve hot. Cover and refrigerate to store.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 2 cups, or four 1/2 cup servings.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 524mg23%
Potassium 262mg7%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 4826IU97%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 196mg20%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Audrey L Miller

Saturday 6th of March 2021

Looks like Joanna used marinated artichokes in the jar. What works the best? Canned artichokes or marinated?

Katie Moseman

Saturday 6th of March 2021

I usually use plain canned artichokes, but if you like the marinated flavor and think you would like that flavor in the dip, you could use marinated artichokes just the same. Either one will work.

Flavia Michael

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Spinach Artichoke Dip looks a lovely snack for an appetizer with Spinach to boost your energy I will definitely gonna try this.

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Sunday 26th of July 2020

Really nice and it seems like it will be very tasty to eat I am gonna try it for sure.

Jessica Formicola

Monday 29th of June 2020

We love spinach artichoke dip, and this is definitely the best recipe we've ever tried! Thanks so much for sharing!

Jessica Formicola

Monday 29th of June 2020

This is our absolute favorite dip! It's so easy to whip up and it's great for parties!