Cheesy Spinach Dip #ProgressiveEats

Do you always head straight to the Cheesy Spinach Dip when you see it at a party? And pick up the pace when it’s laced with chunks of artichoke hearts? I’m with you all the way!Cheesy Spinach Dip | Spinach, artichoke hearts and lots of cheese will make this the favorite dip at every party!

Cheesy Spinach Dip with Artichokes

I first sampled this best ever spinach dip when I was at Kate’s for lunch. She’s a fellow blogger and I knew she’d have some terrific food. She made this appetizer for Christmas Eve and stashed away the leftovers for us to try. I’d grown up with the mayo and parmesan version that started making the rounds in the ’80’s. Delicious; but this one is SO much better. There are a few more steps, but if you want the best ever spinach dip, it’s worth the extra effort. I remember the first time I tasted a spinach artichoke dip. It was after a shift at work and was hanging out with a bunch of nurses. One had us take a bite of her dip and guess the secret ingredient (this always made me nervous ever since a  friend tried to coerce me into trying chocolate covered ants, with the same approach!). The mystery ingredient was artichoke hearts, not so common back then! I loved the stuff with my first bite.

Cheesy Spinach Dip | Spinach, artichoke hearts and lots of cheese will make this the favorite dip at every party!

A Copy-Cat Recipe from Houston’s

If I’d ever heard of or been to Houston’s, I could give you a comparison of this to that. But, nope, you’ll just have to trust that it’s a darn good dip. The spinach, artichokes, and onion are cooked in the microwave, then added to a cheesy cream sauce and simmered on the stove top. I made it ahead of time and gently reheated the dish in the microwave before heading to a party. When the hostess asked who made the spinach dip, I knew it wasn’t just me that loved it. Bill and I took the teeny bit of leftovers home and I added a few spoonfuls to my Sunday omelet and the hubby ate his on crackers. We weren’t going to let one morsel go to waste. It’s just that fabulous.

Cheesy Spinach Dip | Spinach, artichoke hearts and lots of cheese will make this the favorite dip at every party!

Progressive Eats

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is all about Memory Lane Comfort Food and is hosted by Lana Stuart who blogs at Never Enough Thyme. We’ll all travel back to the past and share a dish that provides comfort. Perfect theme for this chilly month, don’t you think?
We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.

Memory Lane Comfort Food

Progressive EatsCheesy Spinach Dip | Spinach, artichoke hearts and lots of cheese will make this the favorite dip at every party!

Cheesy Spinach Dip #ProgressiveEats
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The best ever cheesy, spinach and artichoke dip! Adapted from Top Secret Recipes.
Recipe type: Appetizer, Dip
Serves: 12-16 servings
  • 2 10-ounce boxes frozen, chopped spinach, thawed, and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup chopped canned artichoke hearts, chopped (not marinated)
  • 2 tablespoons minced white onion
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2½ cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ⅔ cup grated Parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  1. Mix together the spinach, chopped artichoke hearts, and onion in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap so that steam can escape. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  2. Combine cream, sour cream, cheeses, and garlic salt in saucepan and simmer till mixture thickens, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach mixture to the sauce and mix to combine. Simmer for another 10 minutes or till mixture is a good dip consistency. Place in a serving dish and serve with tortilla chips


  1. Oh yes…I always head to the spinach dip and this recipe sounds like the best.

  2. I would also be apprehensive if someone had made me taste ants covered in chocolate! I am also the one who will not only be pulled towards a cheesy spinach dip, but would be the one monopolizing it ! This dip looks like one I may not share 😀

  3. O-H Y-E-S!! as they say at the end of those Tasty videos. That look delicious Liz!

  4. Man, that can’t help but be delicious, Liz!! All that cheese and goodness!

  5. You hit my weak spot Liz, I could live on this stuff!!

  6. This is totally right up my alley!

  7. I never good resist a good Spinach Dip Liz. This recipe “screams” goodness on oh so many levels!!! I sure would love a scoop or two right now. I bet it added tons of flavor to that omelet too:)

    Thanks so much for sharing, Liz…I LOVE Progressive Dinners even the virtual ones!!!

  8. Delicious and creamy dip, yum, I want some!

  9. Yeeeesss-this is forever my fave kind of dip!

  10. Houston’s is famous for its dip and I bet your famous now, too, Ms. Berg! Love those petite tortilla serving dishes =)

  11. A far cry from chocolate-covered ants, I’d say. This may be a bit more complicated than the easiest spinach dips, but it’s not really difficult at all and the results sound and look wonderful

  12. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Yep, I’d be in line, it sounds great:@)

  13. I love love cheesy spinach dip. This is the perfect recipe for our weekends when we just laze around and watch Netflix and movie streaming on. Bookmarking this one. Thanks for the recipe, the blog visit and what fun doing Progressive Eats with you.

  14. I love the spinach and artichoke combination. And I love all that cream and cheesiness! Those spoonfuls of dip on your omelet sounds so yummy!

  15. It’s absolutely the first place I head! And now I have a recipe to make it myself – and I love the chip/scoops. That way I can get even more of it with each bite!

  16. I love a good spinach dip. This one looks delicious. I love all the cheeses and the artichokes in this one.

  17. There’s just something about spinach dip, isn’t there? This would be a great football-watching dip!

  18. What a great dip! Love spinach dip, love artichoke dip, but love the combo of the two best of all. I’ve done something similar in the past (way, way in the past) but this looks better than the recipe I recall using. Really terrific! Thanks so much.

  19. I always enjoy a great spinach and artichoke dip, even in restaurants . . . my Bill doesn’t go near it, so I have the joy of devouring more (than I need actually). Great recipe with lots of wonderful ‘memory lane’ dishes shared in this group, Liz.
    Stay warm now!

  20. Who doesn’t love spinach dip. This will be perfect to serve SuperBowl Sunday!!!

  21. I have never tried this dip before but it sounds delicious so I am bookmarking it for later consumption!

  22. We always, always buy spinach dip so we definitely need to give this a try! So creamy, so decadent!!

  23. I just love this dip A LOT and up until now did not try to make it on my own… always store bought :(. Your recipe looks so delicious and easy to make.

  24. I love your recipe and I like the idea eat this with crackers !

  25. Spinach and artichoke dip are my favorite! Love that you and Bill took some home after the party, I would’t want to let this go to waste either. It looks amazing!

  26. Gosh, you’re such a temptress, Liz! xoxo

  27. Hi Liz, I’ve never eaten this! But, this would be a super contribution to Food on Friday: Cheese over at Carole’s Chatter. Please do bring it over. Cheers

  28. Oh my goodness, who doesn’t love spinach and artichoke dip!!! I really love that this version has three different cheeses in the mixture. Yum! Thanks, Liz, for a great contribution to this month’s Progressive Eats theme!

  29. The perfect dip for SuperBowl! im quite certain this will be gone quicker than it takes to make.

  30. This would be great in am omelet! I’ve been to Houston’s once and it was fabulous!

  31. It’s definite one of my favourite dips Liz and I’m sure this one hits it right out of the ballpark! Artichoke adds such a nice flavour to this rich dip (love that you added it to your omelette!

  32. I could go to town on this amazing dip! I will have to give it a try for the Super Bowl!

  33. I know this will be on many people’s buffets for this weekend’s Super Bowl Liz – everyone is going to want a bite as soon as they see your gorgeous creation, especially me !

  34. Wow. We adore spinach here in Greece (you must know spanakopita, the savory spinach pie we make here) it’s a staple in every household. So you do realize what you just did to us with this incredible spinach dip! Wow.
    And the possibilities are endless, if you want to taste it with other cheeses, herbs etc (dill comes to mind now).
    Amazing work. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Pinned!

  35. Lizzy,
    My sister sometimes makes a spinach and artichoke dip but hers has mayo and grated cheese. I bet yours tastes better.

  36. Oh wow, you are making me hungry!! Sounds fantastic!


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