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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Spinach Artichoke Dip


I am a huge fan of this dip! I had never really eaten artichokes before now, but after tasting this dip I have grown quite fond of them. This is a recipe that my sweet step-mom cooked up for a family dinner. She could make dirt taste good..she is just a fantastic cook! I have NEVER tasted something that she has made that I haven't just absolutly adored. She put this yummy dip out on the table and before I really knew it was there, it was almost gone. EVERYONE at the party thought it was amazing...so I had to make up a pan and try it out for myself (since I didn't hardly get to taste it at the party because it was devoured so quickly). It's originally "Paula Deen's Spinach Artichoke Dip" recipe and it defiantly doesn't disappoint....but when does Paula Deen EVER disappoint when it comes to cooking?! She is an amazing cook- so is my step mom! Thanks ladies for sharing this with me....I will forever be grateful...and so will my hips!

Paula Deen's Spinach Artichoke Dip

1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach
2 (14 oz) cans artichoke hearts (NOT the pickled), drained
1/2 c. mayonnaise (REAL mayonnaise)
1/2 c. sour cream
1 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 c. grated monterey jack pepper cheese

*I made a few changes when I made mine-I added an extra can of artichoke hearts (making it a total of 3 cans) and I don't use the pepper jack cheese...I use the plain Monterey jack cheese...but both ways are awesome!

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13" baking pan or casserole dish with cooking spray. 

2. Heat the spinach in a microwave oven on high for 4-5 minutes and then squeeze all the water out. Drain liquid from artichoke hearts. Pour artichoke hearts and cooked, dry spinach into a food processor and coarsely chop for 1-2 minutes. 

3. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir well. Scrape into prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool slightly so that it can set up, then serve. It tastes good cold or hot. 

Serve with crackers or tortilla chips!

Happy Cooking~
Julie

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