Posted by: thebellalife | August 7, 2009

Spinach Artichoke Dip


When hosting a party, one of my favorite things to serve is Spinach Artichoke Dip.  I can easily pull the dip together hours before people arrive and pop it in the oven minutes before their arrival.  I’ve played around with several Spinach and Artichoke Dips in the past, but I always find myself going back to a recipe my Mom’s Cousin, Terry, shared with me.  Some claim this is the recipe Charleston’s Restaurant uses for their dip:

Photo via Real Simple


1 Cup Mayo
1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 tsp dry/1 fresh garlic clove
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 box chopped spinach, defrosted and drained thoroughly (you can find a frozen bag of spinach on your local grocery store’s freezer aisle)
1 can artichoke hearts, chopped
salt to taste
Red pepper flakes to taste (usually just a few does the trick)
To start – Mix mayo with seasonings, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and lemon juice. Add spinach and artichokes. Mix well.
Next – Place mixture in oven safe container. Sprinkle remaining parmesean over top.
Bake 350 degrees for aprox. 25 mins, or till bubbly, and cheese slightly brown.
Serve with baguettes or bread, crackers, veggies… ENJOY!

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