My Restaurant Quality Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
Merry Christmas!! Today I’m sharing my famous Christmas Eve Spinach Artichoke Dip with you guys!
I hope you are all having a Merry Christmas these strange days regardless of COVID measures, and enjoying the holidays as much as possible. Things are definitely different for us this year in how we are celebrating as a result of the local COVID measures. Currently we are in very strict lockdown for Christmas and New Years. Presently, family gatherings are not allowed until January 8th. I’m not going to lie. It really sucks and we are all bummed out about it.
How we usually celebrate
Hosting our big Christmas Eve party is something I’m really missing. Right now I would be cleaning the house like a madwoman and pre-preparing foods for tomorrow, having little explosive meltdowns. You know how that goes. After that I’d be staying up most of the night wrapping gifts. Of course, I’m not missing the stress of the big festivities but I do miss the excitement. We always spend Christmas with the entire extended family, both sides. Enduring that awkward commingling, those two relatives that always clash, the overly ‘festive’ guests, all those gossipy highlights… all of that is magical and bonding.
This Spinach Artichoke Dip is a favourite at our Christmas Eve Parties which is why I wanted to share it with you guys. That way, if you do make it, it’s’ sort of like we are celebrating together.
This year will be quiet with just the four of us for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner. I’m still going to be doing appetizers for us on Christmas Eve, which we will enjoy while watching holiday movies and listening to Christmas music. I wanted to share my family favourite recipe with you guys in case you needed some inspiration. This Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe is really the best!
My kids LOVE ordering Spinach Artichoke Dip at every restaurant we go to and they haven’t been able to enjoy that treat in over a year now, so they are really looking forward to this tomorrow. This recipe combines my favourite elements from a few different versions we’ve tried around town, and it’s really simple to make. I serve it with tortilla chips, warmed pita bread, or sliced baguette, depending on what I have on hand. I also double the recipe for our Christmas Eve party, divide the two and add more hot sauce and chilly flakes for the adult version. You can probably also add Kale, chard or whatever other leafy greens you like.
Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think. I’d also love to know what you and your family are getting up to this Christmas and how you are celebrating.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 225 gram Spinach (1 frozen box, thawed and strained, chopped. Feel free to include other greens like Kale or Swiss Chard)
- 1 Olive Oil (to fry the onions)
- 115 gram Cream Cheese (room temp. makes mixing this easier)
- 2 cup Mozzarella (grated)
- 1 cup Parmesan (grated)
- 1/4 cup Onion (finely diced)
- 1 Shallot diced
- 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup Sour Cream
- 1/3 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 tsp Hot Sauce
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 tsp Minced garlic
- 3/4 tsp Ground Pepper
- 1 tsp Crushed Chili Flakes
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- 1 tsp Onion powder
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup Canned artichokes (finely diced and drained)
- Thaw the frozen spinach over a sieve placed over a bowl. When ready to assemble the dip, squeeze any remaining liquid out of the spinach and chop. You can also add in kale or swiss chard if you like, just make sure to steam it lightly and remove any excess liquid.
- Open your can of artichokes and strain them really well, then chop into pieces.
- Fry up the onions in oil until it is translucent. Don’t overcook or brown your onions. You can add a tbsp of water in the pan to get it translucent faster without browning and so that you don’t need to add more oil. When I chop my onion in a processor the pieces are so small that they brown a lot quicker, so I add in the water.
- In a large bowl, add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, minced garlic and all of the seasonings.
- To the same bowl, add and mix together: cream cheese, mayonnaise, cream, sour cream, mozerella and parmesan. Add in the well strained and chopped artichokes, chopped, onions, and chopped spinach. Mix well so all ingredients are incorporated.
- Place the mixture into an oven and microwave safe serving dishe or two and heat in the microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir, then heat again another minute. As a last additional step I like to put the dish into oven to broil. This gets the cheese really bubbling and creates a golden top.
- Serve with tortilla chips, pita bread or baguette slices.