Baked Four Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Last week I did a guest post for my friend Chelsea over at Sprinkles of Parsley… Just in case you missed it… I wanted to share!

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I’ve been making this dip for years! It’s warm, cheesy and every time I pull it out of the oven, it reminds me of when my best friend would come over for movie night. We would curl up on the couch and watch movies with this dip in our laps and a bottle of wine on the table. Feeling stuffed and a bit tipsy by the end of the movie we’d laugh about how we finished off the entire dip and made promises that we’d run the next day, knowing darn well we wouldn’t!

This recipe is a perfect party app for a small gathering and it’s a total cinch to whip up! It’s creamy, cheesy and sort of healthy because of the spinach and artichokes right ;)? So grab a bottle of your favorite wine, your favorite best friend and dig in!


Here is what you’ll need; Spinach, Artichoke Hearts, Garlic, Mayo, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Basil, Cream Cheese, Parmesan, Romano, Asiago and fresh Mozzarella cheese.


Start by buttering a dish. I like to use a pie dish, so there is more surface to get all brown and bubbly!


Drain the artichoke hearts and discard the liquids.


Cut in half lengthwise.


Then in half again {quartered}.


Then cut the quartered pieces in half, giving you some chunks and some pieces that will break apart when you go to mix it. Set those babies aside.


Next grab the mozzarella. On a box grater, grate about 1/2 cup.


You knew this was coming right?


Get out your garlic press and press two small garlic cloves {or one large clove}.


I like to cube up my cream cheese before adding it, makes for easy stirring… and I like easy.


Add the cream cheese and the 1/4 cup of mayo to the garlic.


Then add the salt, pepper and basil.


Then add about a 1/4cup of the freshly grated mozzarella.


Next add about 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheeses each.


I reserve about a 1/4 cup of the Mozz and a tablespoon of the 3 other cheeses, toss together and then just set aside for later.


Mix up the cream cheese mixture until all ingredients are incorporated.


Next add the artichokes and the spinach. I used frozen spinach that I thawed and squeezed dry in a kitchen towel. You can try to cook down your own spinach… but it’s so time consuming and who wants to dirty more dishes? Not this girl!


And gently fold those in until combined.


Transfer the spinach mixture into the prepared dish.


I like to make sure I scrape out all of that goodness and not leave a speck behind. I can’t begin to tell you how irked I get when they don’t scrape out the bowl on cooking shows! I yell “C’mon now! There’s still some left in there!” and then I look over my shoulder to make sure no one heard me! Awkward.


Spread it all out evenly.


Now I sprinkle with that remaining cheese mixture. Cheese is great… the more the better I always say… so BRING. IT. ON!


Really I could just forget to bake it and just eat it now. No really I could. But it’s much better baked, I promise.


Serve it up with chips, pita chips, or my most favorite… pumpernickel bread. Use whatever you have on hand. I had some left over blue corn tortillas from dinner the guacamole I made the other day so I used those, longing for pumpernickel.


I pull it out of the oven after about 30-35 minutes or when the top is all golden and bubbly.


Then just scoop and stuff!


And repeat until full and happy. You’re gonna love this dip!


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Baked Four Cheese, Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

1 {8 oz.} package of Cream Cheese, softened

1/4 cup Mayo

1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese {divided}, grated

1/4 cup Romano Cheese {divided}, grated

1/4 cup Asiago Cheese {divided}, grated

1/2 cup Mozzarella {divided}, grated

1 clove Garlic, pressed through a garlic press

1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil

Kosher Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

1 can Artichoke Hearts, drained, quartered and chopped

1 package of Chopped Frozen Spinach, thawed and drained

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a pie dish and set aside. In a large bowl combine the garlic, mayo, basil, salt, pepper, cream cheese and stir until well combined. Next add half of the mozzarella, then the Parmesan, Romano, Asiago cheeses reserving a tablespoon of each. Once combined add the thawed spinach and chopped artichoke hearts. Gently fold the ingredients.

Transfer mixture to a prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly. Then add the remaining Mozzarella along with the reserved cheeses and sprinkle those over the top. Place pie dish in preheated oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Remove and let cool slightly before serving.

Serve with corn tortilla chips, baked pita chips or pumpernickel bread.

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37 Responses to “Baked Four Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Dip”

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    Bev Weidner — August 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    MAMA. Heaven. Bliss. Cloud 9.

    This dip is RIGHT up my alley. Gorgeous!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    HAAA Bev… I agree! Could totally eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner!! 🙂

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    Pretend Chef — August 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Girls night is in order just for an excuse to make this dip. I know the girls would love this. Yummy! The photo of the finished product is crave worthy. I love the looks of the golden cheese.

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    Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com — August 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    oooh – I like the idea of that ! I adore artichokes but no idea what to cook with them – so normally just buy char roasted in chilli oil and we eat them as is. Dip sounds yummy though 🙂

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    Aarthi — August 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    This look truly delicious…

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    Erika — August 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Oh my goodness, that looks amazing!! Definitely wish I had made this last night for the party I went to. Maybe I'll have to just throw a party.

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    Erika — August 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Oh my goodness! I'm definitely going to have to make this. The photography is beautiful!

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    Steph — August 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Whoa! I've got to save this one for football season!!

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    S.V. — August 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    WOW looks amazing can;t go wrong with lots of cheese. My mother would make me her favorite if I made this for her LOL.

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Steph! This is totally a great app for football season! 🙂

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    Sabrina — August 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    one of my absolute favorites! Thank you for sharing!! Spinach dip reminds me of watch American Idol woth my roomies in college. I would devour an entire package of the TGI Fridays frozen dip myself..every week!…those were the days!

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    Jim — August 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    This looks just as good as mine! I enjoy all the pictures

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    Deanna — August 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    My favorite way to serve artichoke spinach dip is in a sourdough bread bowl. Everyone always goes crazy for it. If I make it the day before I'm going to bake it I line the bread bowl with sliced mozzarella so the bread doesn't get soggy.

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    South Valley Girl — August 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Oh I'm SO glad you're annoyed by the waste on cooking shows, too. I also howl at the screen when they leave an entire serving of what they're making in the bowl – it sets a bad example for the young ones watching.

    Great dip, by the way.

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    South Valley Girl — August 1, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Oh I'm SO glad to hear someone else is annoyed by the waste on those cooking shows. I also howl at the screen when they leave one or two servings in there – it's wasteful and is a bad example to the young ones who are watching. Waste not, want not.

    And great dip, by the way.

    Christina

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    SavithaRaj's Spice Land — August 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    These look very perfect and delicious..
    http://www.savitharajsspiceland.blogspot.com

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    Tina — August 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    This is a great homemade dip-I love all the ingredients, so there is no doubt that the taste is out of this world. Thanks for sharing-bookmarked.

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    Katie @ This Chick Cooks — August 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Yum! That dip sounds amazing and I just love all of your gorgeous photos. This is my first time at your site and I'll definitely be back 🙂

    Also, I host a recipe swap on Wednesdays where there are usually about 200 recipes contributed and I would LOVE for you to come show off one of your delicious creations!
    Katie

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    Jennifurla — August 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    dear lord are you ever tempting me!

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    Abby — August 1, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    that looks ridiculously good! Especially for this Fall weather…Football Food!!

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    Erin Branham — August 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Not gonna lie…I'd love to fall head first into that dip right about now…YUM!!!!!

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    Erin — August 2, 2011 at 1:19 am

    One of my hubbies favorite dips! Yours looks gorgeous!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 2, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Thank you Erin!

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    Kim Bee — August 2, 2011 at 2:34 am

    For some reason I am not a dip fan. But hubs likes it so going to bookmark this beauty and make it for the next family get together. Thanks for sharing.

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    Tony Surman — August 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Nice job on your site!! I'm going to ask Erica to make this for me. Lol.

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    Life, Food & Cooking — August 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Yummy! This looks soo good! I will have to try this recipe. Check out my site sometime. http://www.wildjennostyle.com

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    Life, Food & Cooking — August 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Yummy! This looks soo good! I will have to try this recipe. Check out my site sometime. http://www.wildjennostyle.com

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    Life, Food & Cooking — August 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Yummy! This looks soo good! I will have to try this recipe. Check out my site sometime. http://www.wildjennostyle.com

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    kita — August 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    We loooove some artichoke dip in this house. Im sure my BF would love me to whip up a batch of this.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — August 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I know I would love this dip. I cannot wait to try it out. It looks delicious!

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    Mandy @ Cater to Me — August 3, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Wow this looks amazing!!! I love ordering spinach and artichoke dip at restaurants, but I've never made it myself….this could be a little dangerous!

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    RavieNomNoms — August 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Holy deliciousness!!! That looks incredible. I am such a dip person, so this is just screaming my name 🙂

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