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!

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

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.


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!

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! :)