Tenacious Transformation: Creamy Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Spinach and artichokes are two of my boyfriend's absolute favorite veggies. Throw some cheese in there and its a solid bargaining chip to get some work done around the house! I've personally had some pretty incredible dips over the years, but I always find myself feeling so guilty for ingesting all that fat and calories. With March Madness in full swing and tons of tailgating and viewing parties already ensuing, a great way to avoid overloading on calories is to make this made-over luscious and still just as delicious dip! Everyone will love you not only for showing up to the party with a fabulous homemade appetizer but also for helping to watch their waistlines for them!
What you'll need:
- 1 pkg of frozen chopped spinach, thawed, and patted dry
- 1 can of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
- 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup of low fat sour cream
- 1 1/2 cup of shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup of shredded 2% white cheddar cheese
- 2 packages (16 oz total) of low fat cream cheese, softened
- 2 teaspoons of hot sauce (Tabasco, Crystal, Texas Pete, etc...)
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
Recipe: Makes one 9 in round pie baking dish or 1- 1 1/2 quart square baking dish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine 1 cup of mozzarella, 1/2 cup white cheddar, 2 tablespoons of parmesan, garlic, hot sauce, sour cream, cream cheese, artichokes, spinach, salt and pepper, in a large bowl until well blended.
- Spoon into baking dish and cover with remaining parmesan and mozzarella cheeses
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until top is bubbly and golden brown.
- Enjoy with tortilla chips and a side of sour cream and salsa!
- The key to this recipe is to thoroughly drain the spinach and artichokes. If you don't this recipe falls flat on flavor and has a strange consistency with the added moisture.
- You can omit the hot sauce, but my boyfriend loves things with a little spice and the sauce adds just enough flavor and heat.
- One of my very few favorite chain restaurants (yes I know I said chain) Houston's serves their dip with a side of salsa and sour cream and I love to get all three onto one chip for the perfect bite! Otherwise, this dip is perfectly wonderful on its own.
- I prefer Snyder's all natural white corn tortilla chips, but there are tons of good organic and all natural varieties out there. I try to stick with white corn for this recipe because I think the yellow corn is too coarse and over powers the delicate creaminess of this dish.