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Tuesday
Oct112011

Game Day Eats: Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip

I so enjoyed having the day off yesterday. I'm still working on my quilted table runner, and I spent the day with my mom getting it done! Of course I'm feeling sleepy and overall not ready to tackle work today. I get so spoiled when I have a day off! I must have snoozed my alarm like 5 times this morning. Are you a snoozer?

Moving on to something happy. Like this:

There are like...1 billion spinach and artichoke dip recipes out there. Seriously, I've counted.

I came across a Martha Stewart recipe a while back and had saved it in my recipe binder. When we were at a loss as to what to make for this past football Sunday, I pulled out the binder, came across this recipe and decided to give it a go. I'm sooooo happy I did. I made a few changes and added artichokes. I think it adds a little more texture and flavor. Artichokes rule!

Once I pulled the browned and bubbly dip from the oven, Shaun and I settled in with the Giants and Jets. Since both games were so bad that it felt like we completely wasted a large chunk of our lives, I was psyched that at least we had this delicious dip to make the day a bit better :)

Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip
*Adapted from Martha Stewart
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained very well
1 can artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup milk
1 8oz pkg reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes Frank's Red Hot
1 C shredded mozzarella, divided
kosher salt
ground pepper
cooking spray
tortilla chips, crackers or baguette slices, for dipping

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and sautee the onions until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sautee 1 minute more. Mix in the spinach & artichokes and heat through. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Meanwhile, add milk to the saucepan and warm over low heat (don't boil). Whisk in the cream cheese. Mix the spinach mixture back into the milk mixture. Add 1/2 C mozzarella, Worcestershire, Red Hot, salt and pepper. Mix well and pour into a baking dish lightly greased with cooking spray (I used a pie plate). Top with 1/2 C mozzarella cheese and bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned and bubbly.

Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, baguette slices, pita chips or your left arm. This dip is delicious on anything!

So there you have it. An easy and delicious dip, perfect for football Sunday or any day!

Questions of the Day:

Do you have a go to dip recipe?

Are you a snoozer in the morning?

 

Reader Comments (11)

looks delicious - love your addition of artichokes - good idea! i do have a go-to dip recipe, but it's tomato-based rather than cheese-based, like most dips are. i'm planning to put it on the blog soon. =) glad you had a fun day yesterday!

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ fearless homemaker

OMG! I'm currently drooling at my desk! I love a good spin/art dip, and this one looks amazing! It will definitely make my next Pats game time menu!

While on the subject of game day food, Phil made the most delicious beef brisket chili last night! I actually thought of you when I saw the beautiful picture of the chili! It reminded me of the Avid Appetite! You and Shaun must try it! The butternut squash addition is genius :)

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2008/10/texas_beef_brisket_chili

It was great to see Kim and Nick in Beantown, hopefully we'll meet again sometime in NYC! Happy Tuesday!

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I feel your pain, the Eagles are so depressing this season! This dip would definitely improve any sad football watching days!

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

Kate, you are so sweet! I will definitely try this chili recipe, thank you so much for thinking of me! It looks amazing! Hopefully we shall meet again... :)

October 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterRachel

This looks incredible! And I have all the ingredients at home. I'll be making this in the near future ;).

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah@spinach&spice

That spinach dip looks outstanding!! Yes, I am snoozer, and a rabid Bills fan! Jim Kelly all the way!!!

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHank

Ughhhh! I am POWERLESS to a good spinach-artichoke dip. There's simply nothing better. I hate football, but I adore all the dips and chips that go with it. This is exactly what I'd serve (to myself:).

Awesome pics! That looks fantastic. Something to add to my Thanksgiving menu perhaps. Oh, and I'm not a snoozer but Chrissy more than makes up for that because she presses snooze at least 8 times every morning.

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@littleyellowkitchen

Spinach Artichoke dip is quite possibly one of my favorite things on the planet. And when you eat it with veggies, it's healthy. :)

Haha! "Artichokes rule!" You are so awesome!

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I love S&A dip - my favorite!

October 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaris

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