Spinach and artichoke dip is almost cliche these days, ready to be relegated to the land of popular badly made foods along with bloomin' onions, buffalo wings, and popplers (ok, the last one's fictitious, but you get the point). This is not your classic spinach artihoke dip with loads of mayonnaise, ranch dressing, and canned water chestnuts. In fact, you can use this dip in many ways. So far, I've made a lovely soup out of it, the recipe for which is unfortunately too small to fit in the margins. Kidding. I'll post the soup recipe such as it is in a day or so.
The backbone of this dip is the cheese and the sour cream. The muscle is the spinach, and the heart is of course the artichoke. I think the garlic probably makes up the naughty bits, but that's neither here nor there.
This is a large batch of dip, but if you make it and have leftovers I'll help you with those over the next week.
You can use marinated canned artichoke hearts or fresh, but unless it's artichoke season fresh will be very expensive, and I find an unpleasant taste to the canned hearts.
Cheesy Spinach Dip
3 10 oz. packages of frozen chopped spinach
2 10 oz. packages of frozen artichoke hearts.
3 cups shredded sharp white cheddar
16 oz. light sour cream
1 cup shredded Romano
1 cup shredded Parmesan
1/2 bar (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3 big cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Defrost and squeeze all the water you can out of the spinach and artichokes. Chop artichokes finely and drain again.
In a very large bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir/mash together until well mixed. If mix seems too dense, add more sour cream or plain yogurt until you get desired consistency.
Spoon the resulting mix into a large casserole and bake covered at 375 F for 50 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 10 minutes more.
Serve with pita wedges, garlic toasts, bagel chips, or corn chips. You can also fill a bread bowl with the dip, but it's a little dense to use soft breads to dip into it.
The density comes from all the cheese ingredients that make it great.
This makes a HECK of a lot of dip. Best for parties or to create useful leftovers.
Sorry no pic today - My power went out just as I was about to load the picture to the net. I'll update the post later so you can see the dip in its spinachy glory.