We’ve had a wonderful Christmas season hosting our friends and family. This year I focused on serving a variety of appetizers of each of our gatherings in lieu of a big meal. It allowed me to prepare much of it in advance to have ready when our guests arrived. I thought it would make it so that people could mix and mingle a bit more, including myself. I love that my guests are so helpful and want to help with the dishes after a meal but this allowed people to simply throw their plate in the trash and enjoy each other’s company.
I featured some of the apps I made at our Christmas Cocktail Party recently. One that I’ve made a few times this season is a spinach artichoke dip. It’s recipe that I got from a dear friend years ago and have only slightly modified. It’s actually on a recipe card! Most of the recipes I make now are online so it was kind of special to dip into my recipe box and make this oldie but goodie.
It makes quite a bit so I usually always have left overs. It’s one of those dips that can be served hot or cold. I usually always serve it hot when I first make it and then have the option of serving hot or cold the next day.
It’s great with any sort of sturdy cracker or tortilla chips. I used a variety of sesame rice crackers, sweet potato crackers, and multigrain tortilla chips all found at Costco. It can also be served with chopped veggies.
I used light cream cheese and sour cream but full fat is fine as well. The grocery store I last visited before I made my most recent batch was out of frozen spinach so I used fresh Power Greens that I had just bought from Costco (combo of spinach, chard, and kale). I continued to add handfuls until I thought it looks green enough!
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Time: 25 min
Preheat oven: 350 degrees
- 1/2 C butter
- 1 medium chopped onion
- 20 oz frozen spinach (thaw & drain)
- 14 oz artichoke hearts (drained and chopped)
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 8 oz sour cream
- 1 C shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 C parmesan cheese, divided
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft (about 5 min). Stir in spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, sour cream, 3/4 C mozzarella cheese, 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, and salt. Stir until blended and heated through. Pour mixture into a 8×8 casserole dish & top with remaining cheese. Bake until cheese starts to brown or mixture is lightly bubbling.
Although Christmas is over, there are still parties to be had and this is a great appetizer to serve or bring! We are headed to a friend’s house to watch football tonight and guess what I’m bringing?!
Football parties call for cozy, stretchy clothes. My destroyed jeggings are 50 percent off only through today! They have the perfect amount of stretch in them for lounging around.
I found this boatneck Detroit Lions sweatshirt at TJ Maxx. It’s a great place to search for gear to support your local professional teams. HERE is a similar sweatshirt and you can also search this site for your team.
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