Last Minute Rush
I know. You’ve had a busy week. The last thing you want to worry about is trying to figure out what to bring to the office potluck, book club meeting, or game night when you hardly have time to throw dinner together after a dumpster fire of a day (if your job stresses you out, that is). But do yourself a favor: don’t buy the pre-made artichoke spinach dip. Just don’t. Its so easy to make yourself, and it will taste so much better, I promise. This recipe will be a much welcome change in your party contribution routine. There is a reason why it’s called Artichoke and Fresh Spinach Dip: this actually uses fresh spinach!
Tips and Serving Suggestions
The addition of fresh thyme, marinated artichoke hearts, and the use of fresh spinach are the solution to this! A brief stint in the oven wilts the spinach just enough without losing its flavor and crunch. You can even throw this together the day before, and bake it just before you leave for your get together. While it is best served warm, it is perfectly fine at room temperature. I recommend raw veggies or bread chunks for dipping, and if you are lucky enough to have some leftovers, they are great spread on a round of pizza dough or puff pastry square and baked. Yum!
The next time you find yourself unsure what to bring to your next gathering, or maybe you’re looking for something to take to work that’s a change from the usual sandwich or salad, I highly recommend this Artichoke and fresh Spinach Dip. This is also wonderful to serve at a BBQ with Potato Salad with Leek Scapes and Herbs or Rhubarb and Apricot Hand Pies. I hope you and your guests enjoy it!
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Sour Cream
- 1 Brick Cream Cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp Fresh Thyme
- 1 cup Fresh Spinach, Chopped
- 1 cup Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Chopped
- 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan and Romano Cheese
- Heat your oven to 325 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer using a paddle attachment, add cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Turn the mixer on low, and add salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. While mixing, chop spinach and artichoke hearts. Turn off mixer, and stir in spinach, artichoke hearts, and shredded cheese using a spoon or rubber scraper. Pour into an oven safe dish and bake for about 20 minutes to warm through.