Monday, September 22, 2014

Super Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

I absolutely love Sundays. There are usually very little obligations to fulfill making it the perfect day to spend with family. Our family goes to church in the morning and by the time church is over we are ready for lunch. We eat Subway for lunch every single Sunday. Ok, maybe not every single one -- but seriously, almost every Sunday.  It's healthy enough and another bonus (you Moms and Dads will understand this one) is that the one near our home has a drive-thru! Hallelujah!

To be honest, we are SUPER lazy the rest of the day. We lounge around, play with the boys, watch football (especially this year since we have a fantasy team) and even take a long snooze if time permits. Another Sunday thing that we do is not make dinner. Weird, I know. We still eat and we still feed our children (duh!), but it's usually something quick and easy like PB&J's or cereal. 

I think I'm the type of person that just can't shake the habit of a routine because lately I still find myself cooking.  My inner voice is saying "Well, if I don't have to make dinner, then I might as well make something else that tasty." So, for the past few weekends I've made "party foods" or "game day dishes" for us to snack on as we please. 

This past weekend I made Super Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip that my brother-in-law taught us how to make one summer. He said, "Hey, pay attention to how I make this. It's really easy and perfect for entertaining." Yes sir! He was right, it comes together in no time and is sooooo delish!

I've made it 2 out of the last 3 Sundays.  

There is something I should mention before we get started. My boys will eat this AND enjoy it. While I wouldn't say that it's crazy healthy, you've got to give me some credit here. I mean, it has spinach and artichokes in it! :)

There are about 8 ingredients, plus seasoning. 

You will just need one large bowl to mix everything up in. 
I always eyeball it, but for the sake of directions here you need about a cup of mayonnaise. Just scoop that into the bowl. 

Next, I use a whole bag (2 cups) of Shredded Cheese.  Dump that right in along with a handful of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (1/2 cup or so). 
*The mozzarella is kinda optional. We use it because my husband likes it really cheesey and creamy. 

We really like garlic, so I do about a teaspoon (and sometimes more) of crushed garlic. Just go with your preference on this one. 

And a few dashes of Worcestershire. I really like this flavor as well, so I will swirl it around the bowl a few times. I also shake in a bit of pepper. (You don't really need to add salt because Parmesan cheese is already salty.) Stir that all together. 

Open and drain 2 cans of Quartered Artichoke Hearts and then give them a rough chop. 

I use about a 1/2 bag of frozen Spinach (still frozen) and give this a rough chop as well. 
You can adjust the amount of spinach based on your preference as well. 

Toss both the artichokes and the spinach into the bowl and combine. 

Spread the mixture evenly in a lightly greased baking dish. I always use this cute blue dish that I purchased at TJ Maxx (they always have cheap, cute cooking accessories).

Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes. The top should be bubbly/melted and starting to brown a bit.

Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite crackers.

Probably calm yourself at this point... you might want to let it cool for a bit before you take your first glorious bite! 

You're welcome! ;) Let me know how it turns out. I have complete confidence that you will love it!

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