Ultimate Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe! It’s rich and creamy, perfectly cheesy, loaded with spinach and artichokes and always a favorite. This is the BEST Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and the ultimate dip for any get together. Filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo!
How I created this spinach artichoke dip recipe
I LOVE spinach artichoke dip. If I see it on a menu I ALWAYS order it – but not all spinach and artichoke dip recipes are created equal. So it’s one of those recipes that I HAD to figure out how to recreate – the way I like it, cheesy and full of flavor.
When we were living in Japan this was one of the foods I missed the most! They don’t have a ton of cheese over there so it wasn’t something I could make very often – but when I could find cheese this was a recipe I was constantly tweaking and playing with.
I will say it didn’t always turn out very good – anytime I start a new recipe I usually start by searching cookbooks and online recipes. I start by comparing what they have in common – that creates a great base recipe – then I start comparing how they are different to figure out what I’d want to keep and what I wouldn’t like! Then comes the trial and error. Like learning that if I didn’t rinse and squeeze the fresh spinach I wasn’t happy with the green soupy results!
I serve it with homemade salsa and sour cream, but it’s also amazing on it’s own! It’s even good cold. I will warn you not to overcook it. It does something to the spinach, and it’s really unappetizing and ruins the whole dip for me – ugh.
If you have lived in a foreign land – or simply away from where you grew up – what would be the food you’d miss the most?
Just take me to this cheesy spinach and artichoke dip recipe already!
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Tips to Make the Perfect Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Fresh spinach – you want to rinse it really good then squeeze the heck out of it and drain all the spinach “juice” you can – otherwise you’ll have a green soupy dip that honestly doesn’t taste great.
- Frozen spinach – you can use frozen spinach instead – it makes it easier and faster to make for sure – I like to thaw the spinach on a few paper towels so it can soak up the extra moisture – again you don’t want soupy dip.
- Artichoke hearts – I like packed in oil vs water – I think the flavor is much better – as I go through the heart I pull of any leaves that are stiff, no one wants to bite into a stiff artichoke leaf
- Cheeses – Cream cheese is the base but you’ll want to add a bunch more cheeses – I use all freshly grated cheese – Parmesan, Mozzarella and White cheddar are my go to cheese but you can substitute out any white cheeses that you like and melt well
- Green onions – you can just add the green onions raw but I like to saute them in butter for the flavor – but this is personal preference – my sister and mom like the raw onion flavor better!
- Chili pepper oil – I love the Chinese chili oil that I keep on hand but Tabasco works too and of course you don’t have to use anything if you don’t want to.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe
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Ultimate Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe! It's rich and creamy, perfectly cheesy, loaded with spinach and artichokes and always a favorite. This is the BEST Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and the ultimate dip for any get together. Filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, four cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo!
- 1/2 C butter
- 3-4 bunches green onion chopped (about 2/3 C)
- 18-20 oz fresh spinach washed and squeezed dry
- 34 oz canned artichoke hearts chopped marinated in oil not water
- 1 Tbsp garlic minced
- 16 oz full fat cream cheese softened
- 2 C full fat sour cream
- 1 C Mayonnaise
- 2 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 C shredded mozzarella
- 1 C shredded White Cheddar
- 1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce or chili pepper oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Saute the butter and green onions, add the garlic near the end and cook until fragrant.
- Rinse your spinach then SQUEEZE it, drain everything you can out of it. - This part is key otherwise your dip will be runny and the dip will taste wrong.
- After you SQUEEZE the life out of the spinach chop it up really good.
- Drain your artichoke hearts, but don't rinse them.
- Now chop them up, getting rid of any outside leafs/petals(?) that are still hard.
- In a mixer add all the ingredients and mix well
- spread the dip into a 9×13 glass casserole pan and cover with foil
Cook it in the oven for 25-35 mins until bubbly! The outside cooks faster than the center, so I like to stir it at about 15 mins, re-cover and place it back in oven for the rest of the time!
- I serve mine with homemade salsa, chips, tortillas
you can substitute frozen spinach instead - I thaw it over paper towels to soak up the extra moisture.