This dip post is late, but there’s a good reason (besides getting married). I searched about a hundred recipes (literally) and tried three of them to find the right one. Some of them were too spinachy, some lacked flavor, some were just weird. Recipes all had the same basic ingredients, but some used fresh garlic, some garlic powder. Some used canned artichokes and blanched the spinach in boiling water. As much as I love Alton Brown, his recipe rated only a three…so I had to keep looking. And then I found it. It was posted on a general recipe-sharing website, and while like many other recipes it had the same basic ingredients with one exception: mozzarella cheese. Who knew this would be the magical ingredient needed to create a truly gooey and decadent dip.
It’s luscious. Gooey. And you can’t stop eating it.
Copycat of TGI Friday’s Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip
½ cup sour cream
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup cubed mozzarella
1-2 teaspoons of minced garlic
½ package (about 8 ounces) frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of its juice
1 (14) ounce can artichoke hearts, chopped
1. Combine all ingredients.
2. Place in shallow casserole dish.
3. Bake dip for 15-20 minutes at 325, or heat in microwave until bubbly.
The hardest thing is squeezing water out of spinach. Take the defrosted spinach (you can do this in the microwave if you need), put it on a clean kitchen towel and squeeze. I used to do this to dry sweaters when I washed them and was too poor to get dry cleaning. It works great.
Chop ingredients and add in bowl and mix. Easy.
Bake or heat in microwave.
I wanted to find a 5 Pretzel recipe and I think I did. This baby gets 5! The fresh garlic lightly adds bite to every mouthful and the slight acidity of artichoke balances the creaminess of the spinach and cheese. It’s simply awesome.
Be careful not to overbake. You’re not really baking, just heating it through. If you bake it too long, the spinach will cook through and the dip will suffer for it. In fact, heating it the microwave works just as well.
Try it in an omelette. Dip also freezes well.
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