Thursday, September 03, 2015

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

There’s something about Spinach Artichoke Dip that makes you feel like you’re eating healthy.  Never mind about the cream cheese, sour cream and mayo, we won’t think about that!  Let’s just think about the healthy spinach and artichokes and how creamy and savory it is on some crackers, chips or these little baguette rounds.  Spread it on your bagel in the morning for a real treat.  I like mine a little on the chunky side…sort of a cross between a spread and a dip. Why? Because I like to taste those delicious artichokes.  Especially when they are Cara Mia brand Artichokes. They just taste better! 

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

9 oz package fresh baby spinach
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups Cara Mia Artichoke Hearts in Water, coarsely chopped
6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup good mayonnaise (I use Hellman’s or Dukes)
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large skillet, saute the garlic and spinach until wilted. Remove the spinach from the pan, and when it's cool enough, squeeze out all the water from the spinach, so your dip isn’t too wet or watery. 

NOTE: You can use a cup of thawed, chopped frozen spinach that has been squeezed out, but I prefer fresh. 

Coarsely chop artichokes and put them in a medium bowl.

Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about one minute or until warm and soft.

Add the cooked spinach with the chopped artichokes. Next, add mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  

Serve hot with baguettes, chips, or crackers. Enjoy!

Cara Mia Artichoke Hearts in Water can be found at select grocery stores nationwide either in the produce section or the canned vegetable aisle and online at

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