We are not talking about any appetizer here, but about THE appetizer everybody loves: simple spinach and artichoke dip recipe. Cheesy, hot, served in a bread bowl, ready to be the star of any party. Looking for quick Thanksgiving appetizers, or Game Day dip appetizers?. No fuss, no oven, ready in well under 15 minutes. That’s what a proper treat looks like!
I hear there’s a debate whether this dip should be enjoyed hot or cold. If you ask me, l think it tastes particularly nice hot, but that doesn’t mean that cold it’s not yummy. Although, what are the chances for this spinach and artichoke dip to get cold? It surely gets demolished fairly quickly soon after it has been cooked. Hard to believe there can be any leftover.
Do you know what is the secret to a good spinach and artichoke dip? The cream cheese, without a shadow of a doubt. Do go for the full-fat one, forget about the no fat nonsense. The texture will be a lot creamier and the taste a lot better. If you are after a good food, then spare no good ingredient, and you’ll get the very best dip.
I must say, l’m no stranger to spinach, in Romania we have a pretty similar dish, although we don’t really eat it like an appetizer, but rather as a main dish. Artichokes are not used, neither cream cheese nor hard cheese, but only milk. We usually serve it with a fried egg and bread, l have the Romanian version here. Having had both of them, l can tell they are both so very yummy.
I know some people don’t really fancy spinach, and l see why. It’s not that appealing if it’s cooked without other ingredients that can enhance its flavour. I think garlic and cheese are the perfect combination in any spinach dip. I have not tried the fresh spinach with this recipe, only the frozen one. It’s a lot more convenient l guess. At least for me.
I actually prefer buying frozen vegetables, l find that it’s the best way to reduce food waste. If, like me, you get carried away when you go shopping, and buy more than you should, or simply don’t use them up, the frozen vegetables can be cooked whenever needed. No pressure to use them before they turn rather sad looking.
I fail to use artichokes in my day to day cooking. I must say the canned one can be a tad expensive too, at least if l am to compare it with other canned vegetables. The price is worth paying though, they do bring such a uniqye flavour to this dip. You get what you pay for, that’s for sure.
You can serve this yummy appetizer with anything that takes your fancy, from bread, croutons, tortilla chips, pitta bread, crackers, toast etc. Now, let’s dig in and enjoy! Oh, and don’t forget that it’s meant for sharing, not for eating it all by yourself 😂
Stove top simple spinach and artichoke dip recipe, the perfect appetizer that will make any holiday party like Thankgiving or Game Day a smashing success.
- 450 g frozen spinach, thawed (1 lb)
- 400 g canned artichoke hearts ( 0.9 lb)
- 250 g full-fat cream cheese (8 oz)
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- black pepper to taste
Chop the artichoke hearts and squeeze out any excess liquid.
Place the spinach into a colander, and squeeze as much liquid as possible.
Roughly chop the onion and garlic.
Heat up the olive oil in a large pan, add the onion and fry gently for about 5 minutes until transluscent.
Add the garlic, and fry for a further 30 seconds.
In go the spianch and artichoke hearts, then mix well and stir for about one minute.
Add the cream cheese and mix until fully incorporated, followed by the cheddar cheese, milk and black pepper.
Stir gently for about 5 minutes until it bubbles.
Serve in a bread bowl, either hot or cold.