April 22, 2014

Spinach Artichoke Dip

This Spinach Artichoke Dip is a creamy, cheesy, rich dip that is that is easy to make in your crock pot.

Spinach Artichoke Dip that is cooked in a crock pot.

I am a sucker for appetizers.  Mom thinks that they should be skipped altogether (she thinks people fill up too much on them and then don't enjoy their main meal).   I, however, think that they are an integral part of my meal!  Well, at least at parties and holidays.  

Understand my logic here.  If I munch on and appetizer (like this amazingly delicious bubbly cheesy dip, for instance), yes...I may fill up my tummy a little.  And yes...I may not be able to finish my whole plate of the main course.

But who is the girl that gets to wrap up her leftovers and have them for lunch the next day?  That's right.  This girl.  Get my drift?  I get to indulge in the appetizers and main course and then get to relive all of the deliciousness again the next day.  Makes perfect sense to me.

That's why, when my Mom told me the menu for Easter dinner (which sounded delicious, but no appetizers) and also told me not to bring anything, I took it upon myself to make this scrumptous dip and bring it anyway.  Sorry, Mom!  I just gotta have my apps!  Haha!

It was so creamy and cheesy and really what you would imagine spinach artichoke dip should be.  And it was so easy to make and so little stress to pull together in the crock pot!   I know I'll be making it again and again!


Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Ingredients
  • 1 (14.75 oz) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 5 oz fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
  1. Saute the spinach in a saute pan over medium high heat until the spinach is wilted, stirring frequently.
  2. Stir together the cooked spinach and the rest of the ingredients in your crock pot.  Cover and cook on low for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Serve hot.

Notes
  • If you don't have time to cook this in the crock pot, you can cook it in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat, stirring frequently, until heated through.  But if you can, go the crock pot route.  So easy and perfectly no-stress for a party!
  • Source: Adapted from Real Housemoms.

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