The spinach artichoke dip is the perfect go-to for when you're craving something savory, cheesy and full of herbs and spices. Dip on your own as a snack, have as an appetizer for dinner with the family, bring it to a potluck or put it out at a party and watch your guests scarf it down!
Artichokes are thistle buds from the daisy family and though they may have a tough exterior, they have a sweet quality that can be paired with a variety of dishes. With a meaty underside that becomes buttery soft when cooked, artichokes offer a leafy, slightly tart flavor, but is just as mild as celery or asparagus. The pickled variety is most commonly used in dips, however, raw types, such as the green globe variety, are also ideal as a main course or to accompany as a side dish.
Spinach artichoke dip is a classic recipe that has deep roots in America dating back to the 1950s and was often eaten as a convenient, easy-to-prepare main dish. Although there are many variations of the food, it's tangy artichoke flavor paired with the fresh taste of spinach and zesty cheese takes center stage. The dip can be easily paired alongside with bread, a plethora of raw vegetables, crackers, tortilla chips and is high in nutrients. Today, the snack is a popular starter found in many restaurants and homes alike, but you can make it your own by following these simple ingredients and steps.
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.. Chop the pickled artichoke hearts and finely mince garlic. Set aside.
3. Prepare thawed spinach and squeeze dry excess liquid on clean cloth or paper towels, then set aside.
4. Set aside ½ cup of gruyere cheese. In a medium-sized bowl, combine 1 cup gruyere cheese with artichokes, spinach, cream cheese, sour cream mayonnaise and minced garlic and mix thoroughly.
5. Place the mixture into an oven-safe dish and top with remaining ½ cup of gruyere cheese.
6. Place mixture into preheated oven and bake until golden brown and bubbling.
7. Slice baguette bread into half inch sections. Brush each slice with olive oil, then bake in oven for about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot with spinach artichoke dip and enjoy!
Spinach artichoke dip is one of the most popular and most delicious dips there is. Serve with fresh, crisp produce, over pasta, with pizza, alone, with bread, over crackers and more! the options are endless when it comes to making this flavor-laden dish your own.