Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip


If I were ever given a chance to study the history of one dish, it would probably have to be the spinach and artichoke dip. Yes, it is that interesting to me. First of all, how did those two very different ingredients come to find each other? How did everyone come to be so obsessed over this appetizer? And, seriously, why is it so good? This is all a spooky mystery. Speaking of spooky, I think this would be a great Halloween appetizer!

spinach artichoke dip

Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip


  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 ounce fresh Parmesan cheese, grated and divided (about 1/4 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well-blended. Add 4 ounces (1 cup) mozzarella and 2 tablespoons Parmesan; stir well. Spoon mixture into a broiler-safe cast iron skillet, 1 1/2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
  4. Preheat broiler to high (leave dish in oven). Broil dip for 3 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.

Recipe from Cooking Light

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2 comments for “Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip

  1. Beth Smith
    April 1, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I LOVE spinach artichoke dip. Why the 1/3 fat cream cheese and 1 fat free cream cheese?

    • admin
      April 1, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Hello Beth! I do too, definitely. The cream cheese blend is just trying to make it as healthy as possible without sacrificing much flavor. If it’s all fat free, it may lose the creaminess of the dip, so this combination works well for a good creamy dip. It can be changed based on preference. I hope you enjoy it!

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