In 2005, I worked at Applebee's as I finished college for my undergrad. I loved that job! I loved the team members I worked with, all of my customers, and especially the spinach and artichoke dip I would get free! Since I left Applebee's all those years ago I can count on one hand how many times I have even been there to eat. But I easily missed that savory appetizer! It was around 2008 when I first made my own batch of Spinach and Artichoke Dip. I feel like I have mastered it through the years! It is a favorite.
This is a great dish to take to have when you are hosting, going to a party, or just need a quick snack. I recently made it to take to a party I was attending. I put it in a cast iron and broiled it a bit, we ate some for lunch at my house, and the rest went into a dish for a meal later that week: Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Pasta!
I love cooking things that I can get multiple meals out of! AMEN!
16oz. garlic alfredo (I like to make this from scratch, but you can buy in the pasta sauce, too)
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 c. Parmesean cheese
1 c. Romano cheese
2 c. Mozzerella cheese, shredded
2 cans of artichoke hearts, drained and hopped
10 oz. frozen spinach
1/2 c. heavy cream (or add additional milk)
1/2 c. milk (you may need to add more if it is too thick)
1. In a large sauce pan, mix alfredo and cubed cream cheese. Mix it well until it is creamy. I like to use my whisk to remove any lumps.
2. Add the Parmesean, Romano and Mozzerella Cheeses! Stir these until well combined! It will feel thick, it is ok!
3. Stir in the artichoke and spinach. Stir it until combined!
4. Add in your heavy cream and milk. You can adjust how thick this appetizer is with more or less milk. Let the entire dish warm up. Ensure it is all melted and blended well.
5. Bake for about 10 minutes. We like to broil on high for about 3-5 minutes.
This recipe is yummy with chips, sourdough bread, crackers. Remember, save some and use it as pasta sauce later in the week. You will not be sorry! All of my kids love this dip.. if your kids don't like spinach or artichokes, just don't tell them what is in it! :D