Saturday, January 31, 2009

Comfort Food Saturday--Spinach Artichoke Dip

In honor of one of my favorite bloggers, Frema, who is at this very moment welcoming her baby boy into the world, I give you Spinach Artichoke Dip. Those of you who read Frema's blogs know of her deep affection for this stuff. I also love it and searched far and wide for a recipe that didn't involve mayonnaise, which I do NOT love. This one's tasty and uses low-fat ingredients. So here ya go, just in time for Super Sunday. Enjoy!

SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP
1 box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened (*I found that the reduced fat kind just works better for some reason, but feel free to use the "real" stuff!)
4 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, plus more as needed (This can be omitted if you don't like spicy food. You can also substitute a few red pepper flakes.)
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Squeeze all excess liquid from spinach, place in a food processor with sour cream, Parmesan, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, the cream cheese, garlic, pepper and hot sauce.
Process until just blended but still slightly lumpy. Add artichokes and pulse to form a chunky mixture. Place in a 1-quart baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella. Bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes. Serve with carrot sticks, celery sticks, crackers, toasted pitas or tortilla chips.

9 comments:

Sam said...

Oh my God!
I love you for posting this.
I'm gonna make some and just drink it, its so good.

Heather said...

YUM! That sounds delish. I might need to make some!! I'm glad you used low fat ingredients. :)

AJU5's Mom said...

Sounds delicious to me. Unfortunately, my husband thinks artichokes are evil...

Anonymous said...

Mmmm! Make me some o' that!
J

Surprised Suburban Wife said...

Sounds yummy!

And it provides the calcium that many women are chronically short on!

Although, um, a full cup of cheese, cream cheese and sour cream, although low fat, still may not qualify as health food. Except the calcium, gotta remember the calcium :) :)

Bethany@MyLifeinBlackandWhite said...

Oh no. This is what I want for lunch now! Just this. Nothing else.

Jen L. said...

Bethany: I just spread some on a bagel and had it for breakfast! Oh, yes, I did.

Ilina said...

You know what's so funny? I went to a Super Bowl party and brought this dip. The other 2 families invited also brought spinach/artichoke dip. Great minds!

Frema said...

All hail the dip! :)