Saturday, June 27, 2009

Dip your chips into this! Ye Olde Spinach & Artichoke Dip

The ever popular spinach and artichoke dip is always a crowd-pleaser wherever and whenever it is served. Its cheesy goodness and the delicious combination of spinach and artichokes will keep you dipping until it is all gone. And to top it all off, it ridiculously easy to make, with very little prep and short cooking time in the oven.

Start off with the main ingredients, spinach and artichoke. You don't need fresh spinach and you can easily make do with frozen chopped spinach. If you are planning to use fresh spinach, wilt it a little by boiling it in water for no more than a minute or two. As for the artichokes, buy the marinated ones as they contain the most flavor. Give the artichokes a rough chop and both ingredients are ready to roll to the next step.

For the base of this dip, use cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. Make sure that the cream cheese is soft enough and pliable before adding the rest of the ingredients in. Microwaving it for a couple of minutes if it is still frozen hard will help. Now just add the cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, spinach, artichokes, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder in a mixing bowl and season with a little salt. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and transfer to a casserole dish and top it with more grated Parmesan. Bake it in the oven at 350 degrees F for approximately 20 -25 minutes or until the cheese browns up just a little. Alternatively, you can also add roasted red peppers (chopped coarsely) for an extra layer of flavor.

And there you have it, your own homemade spinach and artichoke dip, easy to make and with little fuss.

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