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Game Day Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Game Day Spinach and Artichoke Dip

There are a few must haves when we get ready to throw a game day party, or if someone asks me to bring something to theirs. Game day spinach and artichoke dip, Game Day Buffalo Wings, or Game Day Jalapeño Popper Bombers are in the top 3 for sure. My oldest son, Andrew would eat this right out of the bowl if we let him. Actually, he does do this. All the time. Now that I think about it. Ok, well, he gets almost straight A’s, so we have to pick our battles here.

For my artichoke dip, If I have the time, I plan ahead and make buttery garlic baguettes to go along with it. If not, the standard tortilla chips or pita chips are just as good. I remember one restaurant serving just plain french bread with it. Chips is the easy go-to though. Hands down.

Game Day Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Everyone shares the stage

It’s so creamy and every ingredient is tasted and accounted for. You don’t get an overwhelming amount of cream cheese, or spinach flavor, or artichoke flavor like with some spinach and artichoke dips at some restaurants …. you get a little bit of everything in each bite. I am so disappointed when I order spinach and artichoke dip thinking it’s going to be amazing, only to be let down when it has a heavy taste of mayonnaise and no flavors. I also don’t like it if all I taste is spinach. I want all of the players to have a part. The perfect combination.

The only advice I have for this recipe, is that once you have it all mixed together in a bowl, TASTE it. Take a chip or use a fork and just taste it. If it’s super bland, then ADD salt, garlic salt, or parmesan cheese. If it’s not creamy enough, add a little more mayo or milk. This is the time to adjust.

Game Day Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Takes: 

45 Minutes
Serves: 8-10 People

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz block of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts
  • 1 10 or 12 oz box of chopped frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup of mayo
  • 1/4 cup Italian blended cheeses plus more for sprinkling on top (sold in 1 bag mixed)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (taste after mixing – add more if necessary)
  • 1/2 black pepper
  • 1/4 of each: salt and garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp of milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375.

Take spinach out of container and place in a strainer or colander. Squeeze as much liquid out of the spinach as you can. It will seem like the volume has gone to nothing. It’s ok. This is normal.

Chop up your artichoke hearts into bits and pieces. Some brands of artichokes are much stronger. If you find one you know is stronger, just omit 2-3 of the hearts when combining everything.

Add cream cheese to bowl and add all other ingredients. I make sure my hands are washed if I use my hands. Mix well with a spoon or hands until everything is combined. TASTE. This is where you can adapt the flavors.

Place in baking dish or casserole dish and top with approximately 1/4 Italian cheese blend. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve your game day spinach and artichoke dip with toasted, buttered baguette, pita chips, or chips. Enjoy!

Game Day Spinach and Artichoke Dip

 

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