How can you have a dip without spinach? You can’t! Today we’ll be making a different version of the spinach dip, also called Houston’s Hillstone spinach artichoke dip recipe. It’s one of my absolute favorite dips and I want you to try it too.
It’s a complete delight and serves as one of the best party foods to have. If you want to woo your guests, make this famous dip at home instead of ordering in. It will be more affordable, budget-friendly and the portions will be bigger too. Let’s get started!
Hillstone Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp minced onions
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 2/3 cup pecorino romano cheese, fresh-grated
- 2 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 20 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
- 12 oz artichoke hearts, drained, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
- In a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat, saute garlic and onion in butter until golden
- This should take around 3-5 minutes
- Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute
- Slowly whisk in the heavy cream and broth and continue cooking until boiling
- Once boiling, stir in the Romano cheese, lemon juice, hot sauce, and salt
- Stir until the cheese has melted, then remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes
- Stir sour cream into the pan, then fold in dry spinach and artichoke hearts
- Fold the mixture into a microwave-safe serving dish, or into several serving-size dishes
- Sprinkle the white cheddar cheese evenly on the top
- At this point, the dip can be refrigerated until ready to serve, if desired
- Microwave dip on 50% power until the cheese has melted
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Tips for this recipe
- You can prepare the ingredients beforehand and keep them in the refrigerator
- Make sure to store the vegetables in a sealed, Ziploc bag so they don’t go bad
- Take the prepared mixture out before the party and wait for it to come to room temperature
- Microwave and plate it out and the dip is ready to go
This recipe is sure to have your guests going in for seconds and appreciating your culinary skills. What I love about this dip, apart from its amazing flavor, is that it can be made ahead of time.
The Hillstone spinach artichoke dip recipe is best served with nachos, corn chips, or tortilla chips. A bread bowl is also an excellent choice to pair the dip with. You can even make a charcuterie board with bread cubes, croutons, garlic bread, vegetables, crackers, and pretzels.
Choose your courses
The artichoke and spinach dip not only is a fancy meal on its own, it goes well with lots of other dishes. So, if you’re looking to curate a house party menu, start off with this spinach and artichoke dip, coupled with our brown rice crackers, nachos, and tortilla chips. Add to it our flavorful favorite – the kale bread or the tomato bruschetta!
For the main course, we’d suggest the Cavatappi pasta with tomatoes and spinach, which also caters to your guests opting for vegan diets.
Or try these recipes as well…
- Introduce some seafood with the sweet and sour salmon or opt for salmon rolls.
- If you want to play safe, also include chicken pizzas or pepper chicken for people who might not be inclined towards shrimp
- Round it off with some dessert; we’d suggest the cherry biscotti and almond cake for a classic homely touch
Why is spinach a must-have in your diet?
Who doesn’t think of Popeye the sailor man when they hear the word spinach? He ate it for strength and the cartoon made spinach synonymous with strength for everyone. It’s all true; spinach has considerable quantities of iron. This nutrient helps maintain energy levels and combat fatigue. Iron deficiency is common in females, making spinach a must-have ingredient in the diet for women.
Spinach is also rich in fibrous content. If you’re on a diet, consuming spinach will ensure you get adequate energy without relying on carbs. It’ll keep you satiated and not feeling hungry every couple of hours.
Artichokes are great for you!
Apart from spinach, artichoke is also a nutritious food to incorporate into your diet. Similar to spinach, it’s fiber-rich and low-fat, making it to a weight-watchers frequently consumed list.
Artichokes also have a higher protein content than other plant-based foods, serving as a good source of plant protein for vegetarians. Artichokes have anti-inflammatory properties. They help regulate digestion and improve gut health. Health benefits also include and are not limited to lower blood sugar levels and improved liver and heart health.
Artichokes are easy and quick to prepare. They can be sauteed, steamed, boiled, or grilled. This makes them a versatile ingredient that you can whip up in many ways!
I am a yogi with a smoldering passion for nutrition and healthy living. I have been a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach for over 11 years and now I want to help you. My mission is to inspire as many people as I can to expand their awareness and broaden their horizons by giving a voice to the choices that create abundant, radiant health. Here I share deliciously simple plant-based recipes, nutrition resources, detox tips, and a glimpse into my whole lifestyle.