Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

It is football playoff season and you know what that means…appetizers!  I have several great recipes for appetizers to share with you this month leading up to Super Bowl weekend.  Matt and I have been toughing it out for you the last couple of weekends and have had a few meals of just appetizers so I could share these with you. It’s been real tough… you’re welcome!  We are going to start this Superbowl party off with one of my all-time favorite dips, the spinach artichoke dip.

Chips and Spinach Dip

There was a time period that this was one of those appetizers I would always order off a restaurant’s menu.  In college, two of our local bars had the most amazing spinach artichokes dips.  They both had a cream cheese base with big chunks of artichoke hearts and not too much spinach.  Served with either slices of toasted french bread or tortilla chips, I could not get enough of these dips!

I have played around with several recipes over the years trying to recreate the creaminess and thickness that the dip had from those bars.  I think I have come really close with this recipe.  I have brought this dip to several different parties and it is always gone within minutes.

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

The best part about this dip (besides the dip itself!) is that it is so easy to put together and it can be done ahead of time. I am one of those people who goes frantic an hour before I am hosting a party so I have learned to serve things I can make ahead.  This helps me actually enjoy the party I am throwing.  It can be put together the day before and once it is constructed, you just cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it.

When I am making the dip for just Matt and myself,  I either make half the recipe or split the dip into two dishes and freeze one.  The leftover dip can be reheated and enjoyed again.  It is a very forgivable dish.  Serve it with tortilla chips, toasted French bread slices, crostini, pita chips, and or veggies.  Goooo football teams to be determined and even more so, bring on the appetizers!

Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 -14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1- 10 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
  • 2 -8 oz. packages ⅓ less fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cup part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, pepper, artichokes, spinach, and cream cheese.
  3. Add in 1½ cup of the shredded mozzarella and ¼ cup of the shredded Parmesan to the dip mixture.
  4. Take dip mixture and spread out into an oven-safe 1½-quart casserole pan or baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle with remained mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
  7. Serve with tortilla chips, toasted French bread slices, crostini, pita chips, and/or veggies.

Source- Adapted from Cooking Light

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Football Game Recipe Round-Up

Are you starting to think about game day recipes for this upcoming weekend?  I know I am!   I could go for some Buffalo Wings right about now!  I wanted to share some of our favorite recipes that we have posted in the past.  Here are 10 game day recipe ideas in case you are starting to plan your game day menu now.


Tex-Mex Pimiento Cheese DipI have made this cheese dip countless times since I first tried it at our Fourth of July family reunion last year.  Don’t let the weird name fool you- it’s amazing, especially with tortilla chips.  While it’s definitely not the healthiest thing you could make for the game, the Super Bowl only comes once a year!  If you have any leftovers (which I doubt you will), this cheese dip makes an awesome hamburger topping.


Mediterranean Dip with Pita Chips: If you are looking for a healthier dip option, I highly recommend this Mediterranean Dip.  It’s really quick to pull together if you use pre-made hummus, olive tapenade, and pesto (although you can step up the wow factor by making these yourself.)


Baked Potato Dip: While the prior two dips are good with tortilla chips and pita chips, this dip is a bit more versatile.  You could serve it with potato chips, pretzels, or vegetable crudités.

Baked Potato Dip with veggies, chips, and pretzels

Goat Cheese with Basil OilDo you have more of the wine and cheese types coming to your Super Bowl party?  Have no fear- this goat cheese dip with basil oil served with baguettes is easy to pull together ahead of time and would go perfectly with a crisp white wine.

goat cheese with basil oil

Chicken Chili with Corn Muffin Croutons: No Super Bowl party would be complete without a big pot of chili for guests to serve themselves out of.  This chicken chili recipe is one of my all-time favorites.

Chicken Chili with Corn Muffin Croutons

Turkey, White Bean, and Pumpkin Chili: If you are short on recipe prep time, I highly recommend this slow-cooker turkey chili.  On Sunday morning, it takes less than 10 minutes to prep all the ingredients and throw them in the crockpot.  Allow it to cook on low for eight hours and it will be ready to go for kick-off.

Turkey White Bean and Pumpkin Chili

Red Wine Sangria: While football and beer often go hand-in-hand, try serving up a pitcher of red wine sangria at your football viewing party.  If I wasn’t pregnant, I would definitively be making a batch of this sangria recipe for Sunday!


Do you have a favorite recipe you plan on making for the Super Bowl this weekend?

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Some More Super Bowl Recipe Ideas…

If you have already voted on our Game Day Recipe Throwdown Contest and are still looking for more Super Bowl recipe ideas, check out these links for recipe compilations from other blogs.  I’m getting hungry for Sunday already!

Super Bowl Recipe Ideas:

-20 Going on 80- Football Game Day Treat Ideas
-Cheap, Healthy, Good- 50+ Cheap, Healthy Super Bowl Recipes
-brown eyed baker- 75 Super Bowl Recipes for Super Bowl XLVI
-The Cooking Blog- Your Super Bowl XLVI Recipe Guide (New York Giants vs. New England Patriots)
-ecorazzi- 10 Delicious Vegetarian Super Bowl Recipes
-how sweet is is- 25 Recipes That Should be on Your Super Bowl Menu
-peas and thank you- 25 Vegan Recipes for Your Super Bowl Party
-The Pioneer Woman Cooks- My Top Ten Picks for Super Bowl Sunday
-Recipe Girl- 101 Best Super Bowl Recipes on the Internet
-The Recipe Renovator- Healthy Super Bowl Recipes (gluten-free)
-Simply Recipes- Super Bowl Recipes!
-two peas & their pod- 46 Super Bowl Recipe Ideas for Super Bowl XLVI  

We’ll be adding more blogs to the list as we get closer to the big day!  Do you have a blog with a Super Bowl recipe list?  Leave us a comment and we’ll add it on!


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