When it comes to appetizers, my personal favorite has to be a good dip! And if it has vegetables in it, it counts as healthy right? This Houston’s spinach artichoke dip recipe inspired by Houston’s is one of my all-time favorite recipes for party appetizers! Here’s how to make it.
Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
- 20 oz spinach, chopped and frozen
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 14 oz artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 stick butter
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 4 oz parmesan cheese, shredded
- 4 oz shredded Swiss cheese
- 4 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 8 oz shredded Monterey jack cheese
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a pot, start by boiling some water
- Once boiling, add all the frozen chopped spinach to the pot and cook for about 1 minute or until wilted
- Once cooked, transfer the spinach to a colander and drain out all the excess water
- In another pan, start by melting the butter
- Once melted, add the onions and cook until tender
- Once the onion is cooked, add the minced garlic and saute until combined
- Once combined, add the spinach and artichokes and mix well
- In a separate bowl, add the cream cheese and beat with an electric mixer
- Gradually add the whipping cream until and mix smooth
- Now in a large bowl, transfer the spinach artichoke mixture along with the cream cheese mixture, Swiss cheese, mozzarella cheese, Monterey jack cheese, red chili powder, salt, and pepper
- Stir to combine
- Transfer the mixture to an oven-safe bowl
- Refrigerate for 2 hours
- When you want to cook it, preheat the oven to 350F
- Place the dish in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until bubbly
- Once baked, take it out of the oven and serve right away!
- Hot and fresh dip is ready!
Tips for this recipe
- You can also microwave the dip instead of baking, simply microwave at high in 5-minute increments until the dip cooks
- If you’re making this dip ahead of time, I suggest prepping it until step 13. Cook it just before serving to make sure it’s fresh, you might have to adjust cooking time accordingly though
- You can skip the chili or add more, whatever suits your tastes
- This dip stores well, so you can freeze it or refrigerate it and consume it later. Just make sure it’s not left at room temperature for more than a few hours!
- Serve with pita chips or crackers
- You can also serve it as a side dish with chicken or other mains
What are the two things without which no party is complete? For me, it’s good music and a good appetizer! Yes I know, the main dish is the star of the menu and all that, but to me, the first impression is the last impression. If someone has a good appetizer, it will have me excited for the mains, and if the appetizer fails to deliver, I’ll just want to rush home to my pj’s and jar of crackers.
Well, now you know how to make the best appetizer, Houston’s spinach artichoke dip recipe!
Benefits of Eating Artichoke Hearts
While a dip might not be the best way to consume vegetables, but if it’s in the dip and you’re eating the dip, you’re technically still eating healthy, right?!. Since this recipe uses a lot of artichoke hearts, here’s why you might want to eat them more often:
- They’re full of antioxidants
- They contain phytochemicals called cynarin and silymarin that help promote liver health
- It’s a natural form of folate or folic acid, important for growth and development as well as making healthy oxygen-carrying blood
- It’s a natural source of potassium
- It contains fiber, which is extremely important for gut health
If you want to try another fancy artichoke dip, try the cheesy artichoke dip in a bread ring!
More Dip Ideas!
If you have been reading the blog for a while, you probably realize I have an unhealthy obsession with healthy dips. I just can never have enough of them. Here are recipes that I love just as much as this one:
- TGI Fridays Tuscan Spinach Dip
- Velveeta Spinach Dip Recipe
- Swiss Almond Cheese Spread Recipe
- Buffalo Wild Wings Spinach Dip
- Spinach Dip Hawaiian Bread
You know that we love spinach and are always trying to incorporate it into our meals. If you haven’t tried out the latest Stouffer’s Spinach Souffle recipe, you’re missing out big time.