Easy Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip(5 minute Microwave Version)

When you think of party appetizers that aren’t a lot of fuss – the ubiquitous choice is dip – served with bread, crackers, chips or veggies, it is not only easy to put together, but in my opinion adds a lot of interaction in the crowd. I never thought of it being a great appetizer item, until I started going to office parties, where this was the appetizer of choice – and a lot of conversations started around a bowl of dip and some chips. Jokes about double dipping – included. :)

The original recipe for spinach artichoke dip – has several variations that use sour cream, cream cheese with a combination of other cheeses. I have used mayonnaise in this recipe, which makes it very easy to make in the microwave. I have used fresh spinach, but feel free to substitute with frozen spinach, just squeeze out all the water. I have had the original version of this dip – usually baked in the oven. I particularly like the appetizer served at Applebees, and I must say this one – although made in 5 minutes, comes pretty close to the original version in flavor and taste.

I have served this dip with Garlic crostini which I made as follows: Slice a baguette into thin slices. Toast the baguette either on a griddle or in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F, drizzled with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, until crisp and golden brown.Take a whole garlic(peeled) and rub it on the freshly toasted baguette slices. You can serve them with these or with chips or pita triangles.

Ingredients:
(Makes 4 servings)1 cup finely chopped fresh spinach
1 large clove garlic, grated
1/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts(from a can of artichoke hearts, packed in water)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
3 tbsp pepper jack cheese, grated(or any other melting cheese, like mozarella)
pinch salt and pepper

Method:
Place the grated garlic and spinach in a microwave safe bowl. Nuke on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir. If this has given out any water, drain it.( I didnt have any water left.) Add the chopped artichoke hearts and cook for another 1 minute on high. Now mix in the mayonnaise, parmesan cheese and the pepper jack cheese. Stir it together and nuke at one minute intervals – for 2-3 minutes on high, until it all comes together.(It took me only 2 minutes.) The sign is the oil slightly oozing out, which means you got to stop. Don’t worry, the oil comes from the mayonnaise, but if you overdo it – you will just end up with the mayonnaise curdling and the oil seperating out completely – which is not as good. No need to be worried, as long as you do it in one minute intervals. Remove when done – stir in the salt and pepper, serve hot!

Verdict: Creamy, garlicky, cheesy – with spinach and artichoke – it was perfect when served with the crostini. Not bad for 5 minutes eh! I think this would make a great cheesy sauce for pasta too. Cheesy – did I tell you it was cheesy :D

Sending this to ‘MEC – Party Appetizers’, event series by Srivalli. also to Dish it Out – Spinach and Garlic and to Quick and Easy Recipe Mela.

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8 Comments

  1. I made this myself (sounds like everyone else is just thinking) and didn’t think it would come out good without going in the oven. Still, 98 degrees here in ID today too hot to heat up the oven. So I made it with cream cheese, parmesan, and shredded Italian blend as well as some sour cream (maybe 1/2 cup of each). My mayo was fat free and didn’t look like it would work. I used frozen chopped Green Giant spinach and a about 3/4 can of artichoke hearts chopped up. Just salt & pepper otherwise. Came out pretty darn good, but not a 5. Would have had to be baked and cheesy for that. We used tortilla chips, baby carrots, and cucumber slices to dip. (we had bread we could have crisped up but just too hot). It needed maybe a shake or 2 of hot sauce which I did myself. Rest of family are wimps!
    All in all a nice microwave quick dish.

  2. It looks wonderful. I found you from the foodie blog roll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this Spinach widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about spinach recipes,thanks!

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