Sunday, February 6, 2011

Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip

Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip
I'm posting this with a little more than an hour before Super Bowl XLV kickoff but if you run to the store now you can still have the delicious dip at your Super Bowl table!  This is another one of my recipes that I think would really make semi-homemade Sandra Lee proud.  With just four storebought ingredients and an oven-safe dish you are good to go! There are few things better than warm spinach artichoke dip in my mind and this one really takes the cake.  A shoutout to my friend Blaike for being such a great hand model, and another shoutout to pita chips for being the ideal sturdy dipping instrument for this tasty masterpiece. Its the perfect balance of creamy and cheesy and vegetable-y with just a bit of tanginess from the artichoke hearts.  And it literally couldn't be easier to make.  The hardest part is waiting for the spinach to thaw and that takes...lets see...NO effort! Here we go...

2 boxes chopped frozen spinach
2 cans quartered artichoke hearts in water
1 jar alfredo sauce (I like the roasted garlic flavored sauces)
1 bag shredded italian blend cheeses

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. If you happen to think ahead before making this dip then leave the frozen spinach out overnight to thaw. If not, just take it out of the box, put it in a microwave-safe bowl and pop it in the microwave for a minute or so.  Be sure to squeeze out all the extra liquid from the spinach before placing it in the bowl.  You can mix this dip right in the bowl you plan on baking it in.  Drain and rinse the quartered artichoke hearts and give them an extra rough chop just to break them into pieces that are a bit smaller.  Add the spinach, chopped artichoke hearts and alfredo sauce into the bowl.  Add about two thirds of the bag of shredded italian blend cheeses into the bowl as well and mix thoroughly. Once all of the ingredients are well combined, smooth out the surface of the mixture with a spatula or spoon and sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top.  Bake in the oven for thirty minutes or until the top is melted and serve immediately. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. nom nom nom! i'm making this as soon as i'm home/you're making this for me all summa. also, i want a shot at being a hand model