Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

We rarely eat dip in our house, nor will you find the accompanying chips in our cupboards.  Just too tempting!  So we keep hummus and carrots and broccoli at home and save our indulgences for vacations.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Dip at Fanizzi's on Cape Cod
Our first ever taste (amazingly enough) of hot spinach and artichoke dip was at a great restaurant called Fanizzi's in Provincetown while we were on vacation on Cape Cod. We loved it.







Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Dip at S & P Oyster Co. in Mystic
More recently, while spending a few days away in Mystic, we saw it on a menu at the S & P Oyster Company and ordered it again. This version was even better!  Yum.


Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Well, a couple of weeks ago we were planning to cook a birthday dinner for Brian's brother and deciding on what cocktail we'd be serving. At the S & P Oyster Company restaurant, along with the great spinach dip, we'd also enjoyed a terrific Key Lime Martini. So I figured, why not get my complete inspiration from that same restaurant and recreate their dip as well.

I looked up recipes and quickly realized there were quite a number of variations on this classic dip so I chose the combination of ingredients that seemed the most like the version of the dish we had loved. But I also realized how easy it would be to lighten up this dish a bit without sacrificing its flavor. The result was a big hit that disappeared quickly. It still may not be making regular appearances on our menu but it's too good to not indulge in at least once in a while. Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 Package frozen spinach
1 Can artichoke hearts
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1/2 Cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/2 Cup low-fat sour cream
1/2 Cup low-fat milk
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Cup Parmesan cheese, shredded plus extra to sprinkle over top
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the frozen spinach in boiling water until completely defrosted and warm. Chop the artichoke hearts either by hand or in a food processor and add to the spinach pot. Drain into a colander and push down on the mixture with the back of a spoon until all the liquid has drained out. Place in a bowl and add the minced garlic.

In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese and add to the spinach and artichoke mixture. Season to taste and place in an oven-proof dish. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Top with another handful of Parmesan cheese and serve with pita chips.

9 comments:

  1. I love spinach and artichoke dip! This sounds super tasty - and I love that it's served hot =)

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  2. Spinach artichoke dip is my absolute FAVORITE dip ever! This looks so delicious :D

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  3. This is a fantastic dip, and hey, it has spinach in it so it has got to be healthy, right?

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  4. This is a classic dip and great timing for upcoming football season. I have bookmarked-glad you posted this great recipe.

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  5. I could eat this dip everyday if you let me so I know what you mean by it being too tempting! Nice lightened up version.

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  6. Anita, great recipe - a never-ending classic! There are so many foods that can be served for dipping - the possibilities for creativity are endless!

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  7. Spinach and Artichoke dip is one of my weaknesses! It is so amazing

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  8. I just made some spinach and artichoke dip last weekend! Always a hit at parties! Yours looks wonderful!

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  9. A classic favorite. I'm the same way about chips or dip in the house. Just can't have them around!

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