Creamy, Garlicky, Spinach + Artichoke Dip
I worked at Applebee's from 16 to 26 years old. It was my first job and I kept it all through college, some nights and weekends, until my littles started getting into extracurricular stuff and I finally had to say goodbye. I learned so much about the kitchen and flavors. People often assume that cooks who work at chain restaurants can't actually cook, and I'm here to correct that. They follow their orders as the menu goes, but they have their own twists and tricks, truly delicious. Like a secret menu, if you work there. And are nice to the cooks.
I feel like their spinach and artichoke dip is a serious menu favorite, and I am a part of that fan club. I love spinach dip. I had Applebee's for years, thought it was the best and only one I liked. Recently I got brave and tried it at a local pizza place, a fancy one with wine and beer, and you guessed it... the yummiest spinach dip I ever had.
I pondered spinach and artichoke dip ever since. How to make it, and have it be delicious. I tried it a few times, they were all good but they didn't have it. I wanted garlicky, I wanted creamy, I wanted cheesy BUT not sharp cheesy, melty cheesy. With spinach that had flavor, not just sautéed and drained and boring. I wanted parmesan and broiled mozzarella that gets bubbly and brown. The kind worthy of garlic bread crisps and fancy dinners to follow.
I started toying with different recipes and I finally found the best I've made yet. Spinach sautéed in a little butter and salt. Drained, a few times. Mixed with cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan, thinly chopped garlic, mayo, mozzarella, salt + pepper, garlic powder, and a sprinkle of nutmeg and cayenne.
Baked at 375 degrees until its golden and bubbly. Its delicious with garlic bread crisps OR tortilla chips and the perfect appetizer or entire dinner if you feel like just splitting the entire dish with someone. No one is here to judge. Also reheats well, a true recipe staple. Enjoy!
8 oz. of fresh spinach
4 oz of softened cream cheese
3/4 CUP sour cream
3/4 CUP mayo
1 CUP mozzarella
1/2 CUP shredded parmesan
4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
1/2 TSP garlic powder
1/2 salt + pepper
a sprinkle of nutmeg and a sprinkle of cayenne
tortilla chips or garlic bread crisps
Sauté the fresh spinach in butter and a few sprinkles of salt
Transfer the cooked spinach into a colander and let it drain for a few minutes
Once cooled and drained mix with cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, chopped garlic, garlic powder, salt + pepper, and a sprinkle of nutmeg and cayenne
Bake at 375 degrees, until it gets golden brown and bubbly
Serve with tortilla chips or garlic bread crips if you're feeling really fancy! Stuffyourface xo