Tuesday, February 3, 2009

CEiMB: Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip

This week’s Craving Ellie selection was chosen by Cathy, check out her blog at The Tortefeasor.

We LOVE this stuff. I've made this recipe countless times and it's always an appetizer at Christmas. This is a super creamy and rich tasting appetizer and it only takes about 10 minutes to prep with a food processor. Some spinach dips can seem dry once baked, but this one really retained the moisture with the combination of cream cheese and sour cream.

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 (9-ounce) package artichoke hearts, defrosted, rinsed and dried
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted, excess liquid squeezed out.
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until onions are light golden but not browned. Remove from heat and cool.

In the bowl of a food processor combine artichoke hearts, spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, Neufchatel, mozzarella and salt and pepper. Process until smooth. Add cooled onion-garlic mixture to the food processor and pulse a few times to combine.

Transfer mixture into an 8-inch glass square baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate which has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with pita wedges or crudites.


Pamela said...

Looks great! We loved it, too and I will be happy to make it again.

What's for Supper? said...

It is a winner for sure!

Anonymous said...

Such a great and easy dip to put together. Glad you enjoyed it

Cathy said...

Oh, I am so glad that you love this (and that you are a veteran maker of this recipe!) We loved it too! I was surprised at how much I loved it. I may never go back to the higher-fat versions! Yours looks great!

Joanne said...

We loved the recipe as well. It was easy AND good.

Allison said...

Yum! Yours dip looks amazing!!

Leslie said...

I love how yours looks! This was so easy and yummy!

brandi said...

Thanks Jessica! I updated the BSI page with your name and the link!