Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holiday Drinks & Appetizers - Hot Spinach Parmesan Dip

The Holiday Season is upon us.  Time to get together with family and friends and celebrate!  Grab your glass  and enjoy!   Let us all count our blessings at this time of year and every day for the love of family and friends.

Hot Spinach Parmesan Dip

This is my version of that great dip from T.G.I. Friday's
Everyone devours this!

2 tsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb. fresh spinach, cleaned, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 (10 oz. pkgs. frozen spinach, thawed
1/2 cup milk
6 ounces cream cheese
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of cayenne pepper
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
Freshly ground black pepper
Baguette slices, breadsticks or tortilla chips, for serving

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.
Add onion and garlic, cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Add spinach in two additions, letting the first batch wilt before adding the next.
Cook until completely wilted, 5 to 8 minutes
Add frozen spinach and incorporate.
Transfer to a colander and drain, pressing lightly with a spoon to release all excess liquid.

In the same pot, warm milk over high heat.  Whisk in cream cheese until melted, about 3 minutes.
Off heat, add spinach, Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan, Romano, cayenne pepper and 1/4 cup mozzarella; stir to combine.  Season with pepper.  I did not think it needed salt, but test it to suit your taste.

Pour into a lightly oiled 1-1/2 quart baking dish; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and a sprinkling of paprika (optional) for color.

Bake until bubbly and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.  Serve hot.

Let this be a time when we renew our faith in the power of love and realize the importance of time with our families.


  1. This sounds great! I love dips... even at 5AM:@)

  2. I think I could eat my weight in this dip. It has always been one of my favorite appetizers.

  3. I would eat that dip for breakfast...that's how good it looks!

  4. I love hot spinach dip! I've only ever made a cold one. Pinning this so I can make it soon!

  5. Oh, yeah, who doesn't love spinach dip? Yours looks outstanding!

  6. A classic that is as good as ever! It looks so good, I´m really craving it!

  7. Wow, looks amazing. My hubby loves spinach dip. I will have to make this for him!!

  8. Spinach dip is the best!! I've never made a warm one, but will now. Pinned!!

  9. Spinach and cheese is one of my favorite flavor combos - I'd be parking myself next to this dip at the holiday party for sure!

  10. I would like to be alone with that bowl. And a bag of chips.

  11. I love spinach dip!!! It sounds and looks fantastic! ~ Bea @ galactopdx

  12. Spinach dip is always a huge hit at parties - this looks wonderful!

  13. I love hot spinach dip. It is the only appetizer that ALWAYS is served at any appetizer party I host. The party just wouldn't be the same without it.

  14. This is one of my favorite things! Love it!

  15. I LOVE hot spinach dip - how can you go wrong with it? And love the dish you baked it in! :)

  16. I'm going to give this to my mom for our Christmas Eve feast!

  17. Absolutely drool worthy!! love the color in this dip and can imagine how delicious it must taste :) YUMM..

  18. WOW - your photos of that gorgeous, golden, crusty, cheesy dip is making my stomach growl. I love spinach dip but have never tried making it myself. I'm definitely going to make this for a party ... or dinner. Don't judge me ;) Happy holidays!

  19. Hi Pattie! Your pictures came out really great, makes me want to take a bite out of the screen.

  20. Spinach dip is one of my favorites! I want to try your version-it's a little different from mine but sounds great!

  21. Wanted you to know I am featuring the spinach dip as my personal favorite at Weekend Potluck....please come over and grab a featured button. MMM good!

  22. Yum!!This looks amazing! I love dips and I have yet to make a nice spinach dip!

  23. This is Martha Stewarts recipe, but still good.

  24. I made this when i worked at ruby tuesdays and i have come up with a much simpler recipe. Frozen spinach, 2 jars of parmesan garlic flavored alfredo sauce. 2 bags or 1 big bag of italian mixed cheese. Thaw spinach and squeeze out all liquid put in separate bowl, add alfredo sauce and lots of cheese. Stir that up add to baking dish top with more cheese and bake. So much easier and everyone asks me to make this when having a get together. :)


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