You might say I’ve never met a dip I didn’t like. I love dips: hot, cold, cheesy, chunky. I’ll take them all. Usually when I’m craving “comfort food”, it’s in the form of a dip. Thankfully, there are ways to make dips a source of healthy fats and medicinal spices (like in my french onion dip) and to encourage the consumption of more veggies (like this radish cream cheese dip).
A Crowd Pleaser
One dip that seems to be loved by a large number of people is spinach and artichoke dip, which often graces the appetizer menu at restaurants. I wanted to find a way to make a healthy version at home, and also to simplify the process more so I could have a quick go-to dip recipe on hand.
So I learned this recipe years ago at a Mule Day party. If you know what Mule Day is, you get a special prize. Everyone was raving about this dip, it seemed to suit all different tastes and preferences. I noticed that and knew I had to find the recipe.
Long before I even started cooking as much as I do now, or had the courage to get into the kitchen in try new things, I would always ask people how they made stuff. I collected recipes for fun, even though I couldn’t cook. This helped provide me with an arsenal of ideas when I finally got the courage to try.
What about the spinach?
This dip is very easy. Some artichoke recipes call for cream cheese and spinach and that will certainly taste good too. But this is a recipe you can usually whip together with no planning or preparation, if you need to bring a side dish to a party last minute. But by all means, if you have some spinach on hand, that won’t hurt a thing 😉
What to Dip?
- 1 jar of organic artichoke hearts, finely chopped (even organic cans have BPA in them)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise (remember good fats are good for you! Get organic mayo made with olive oil)
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or cayenne, and then I usually add cumin, ginger, or mustard and black pepper and I experiment with different flavor combinations.
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- a couple of dashes of hot sauce
- Mix together and put in some sort of oven safe baking dish
- Sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top to get crispy
- Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown
Do you have a staple go-to dip for parties and pot lucks? Share below!