Restaurant Style Spinach and Artichoke Dip

I was craving spinach and artichoke dip for a LOOOOOOOONG time before I decided to venture out and make my own. I wanted the restaurant kind, not the kind that you make at home that tastes subpar to what you would pay to eat. This dip WAS A SUCCESS FROM THE START! The first time I made it was a huge hit with my friends, and it’s really simple to make. The only downsides are that 1) it’s a bit pricy because of the Alfredo sauce and cheese, and 2) it makes a LOT and 3) it’s not the healthiest thing in the world! But if you are making this just for a small party or for yourself–DON’T FRET! You can freeze this and thaw it in the microwave when you want to eat it, and it’ll taste just as good as the day it was made 🙂

This dish is DEFINITELY a crowd pleaser so take it to a potluck or a family dinner to impress everyone 😉

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce (any kind works)
  • 1/2 cup bottle grated parmesan
  • handful of mozzarella cheese
  • smaller handful mozzarella cheese to sprinkle over top
  • 4 oz cream cheese (half a brick) softened
  • 1 10oz frozen spinach
  • 1 can artichoke hearts
  • 4 cloves garlic

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Thaw a bag or box of frozen spinach completely
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, place your garlic cloves on a pan, and put them in the oven while it is preheating. You should take the garlic cloves out in 10-15 minutes
  3. Squeeze out ALL the water from the spinach by taking them in your hands and squeezing the juice out
  4. Drain the artichoke hearts and chop into 1/2 inch pieces
  5. Mix together the spinach, artichoke hearts, Alfredo sauce, parmesan, mozzarella cheese, and cream cheese until everything is blended together. Squeeze out the garlic from their peels (it should be really soft and squeeze right out) and mix in well
  6. Pour the whole mixture into a baking pan and spread evenly
  7. Sprinkle a little bit of parmesan and mozzarella on the top of the dip
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until all the cheese has melted and is bubbling (See the picture to see how it should look when it’s done)
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  10. ENJOY!
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