Crowd Pleasing Spinach Artichoke Dip

So, I suppose all spinach artichoke dip is crowd pleasing, right? I mean, who doesn’t love this stuff?? When I was deciding what to bring to this year’s Super Bowl party, the hubby suggested this dip. In a bread bowl. With the hollowed out bread for dipping.

That man just gets me, you know?

So here it is. And there it went. It was long gone by the time the game was over.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

*This is actually a double recipe because I used a big loaf of bread. Cut it in half if you use a bread bowl instead. Or don’t. It’s delicious. Make two bowls.

**The fat content of each item is up to you. Low fat? OK. Full Fat? Go for it. Non fat? Whatever you want, dear one.

 

2 8-oz blocks of cream cheese, room temp

1 cup plain greek yogurt

½ cup mayo

2 Tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

3-4 green onions, white and light green parts, diced

A few dashes of hot sauce

16 oz bag frozen chopped spinach, thawed.

2 cans quartered artichokes, drained and chopped

3 cups mozzarella cheese

1 cup parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut off the top of a loaf of bread and remove the bread inside, leaving about 1 inch around the outside for stability. Set aside.

In a big mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, yogurt, and mayo until combined. Please note that I attempted to make this without mayo but I found it needed it for the right texture. If may freaks you out, use sour cream. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, green onions, hot sauce, and salt and pepper. Mix well.

Put the thawed spinach in a towel and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Add to the cream cheese mixture with the artichokes. Add 2 cups of the mozzarella and the parmesan cheese and stir to combine everything thoroughly.

Scoop the spinach/cheese mixture into the hollowed out loaf. Don’t be shy. Fill her up. Then top with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until the cheese is all melty and the top is golden brown.

Serve with the bread you carved out from the inside or crackers or chips or pita or veggies or…. You get the idea.

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