Growing On Me

It had to grow on me.

A number of years ago I worked with a crew that would occasionally end the day with a visit to a local bar with an order of an appetizer and some quantity of barley and hops based beverages. On a frequent basis, the appetizer that would get ordered would be spinach-artichoke dip. Give me wings, potato skins, nachos or even stuffed peppers, but spinach-artichoke dip was at the bottom of my list.

As is my downfall, once something is sitting in front of me, I start to munch. Over the years after repeated exposure to the dip I first came to tolerate the dip and late enjoy it. My tastes had changed.

Wanting a quick, hot appetizer the other day, I decided to make it myself.

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This was so easy to make and was warm and creamy.

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The first challenge was frozen artichoke hearts. I hadn’t seen them before and it took me three trips up and down the frozen vegetable aisle to see the single faced box of them.

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Very tasty and great with baked pita chips.

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Prep Time: 10 m | Cook Time: 15 m | Makes: 2 batch (Scaled) | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
  • 11 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
  • 12 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender and drain. Discard liquid. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in rest of ingredients and serve hot.

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/hot-spinach-and-artichoke-dip-recipe/index.html

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Categories: appetizer, Cheese2, kosher, Low Carb, Recipes, snack, Vegetable2, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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11 Comments on “Growing On Me”

  1. April 9, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Love the sound of this dip…will definitely give it a go! Thanks! Great blog by the way!

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  2. April 9, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Mmm spinach dip! I will make this weekend! Thanks for the idea.
    Cheers.
    Jennifer

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  3. April 9, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    I love spinach artichoke dip, and haven’t tried it with a pita! Will have to give this a go – maybe with a nice diced bruschetta on top 🙂

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  4. April 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Yum! Another Gluten Free treat! (Minus the pita chips). Thanks!

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  5. April 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    YUMMMMMMM!!! Thank you.

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  6. rachel
    April 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Oh man… so glad you finally decided to like it, haha! It’s one of my favorites! I need to make it myself now. 🙂

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  7. April 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    This dip looks delicious!

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  8. April 9, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Yum!! Warm cheesy deliciousness! I also have a version of Spinach Artichoke dip, but will definitely give yours a try… Wish I had some now, it’s 5:13pm here in Texas and high time for a cocktail.

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  9. project30in2012
    April 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Love spinach and artichoke dip — I make mine in the crock pot and it is THE BUSINESS 🙂 http://project30in2012.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/fun-with-appetizers/

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  10. Naomi
    April 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    I need to make this! We are big spinach and artichoke people in my family. 😉

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  11. April 12, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    Sounds great…thanks

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