Hot Spinach Dip

Hot Spinach Dip

December 11, 2008


With the holiday season in full swing (even though it still doesn’t feel like it to me!), and lots of parties to attend, I feel like it’s always a good idea to have a “go-to” dish to quickly whip up and bring to your festivities. In the midst of all the craziness the end of the year brings, I made this great, simple, and inexpensive spinach dip from Martha Stewart to bring to Sara’s house last weekend for a small get together.

Here’s what you’ll need (the recipe makes roughly 3 cups and takes about an hour):

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds spinach, cleaned, trimmed, and coarsely chopped (I used 2 packages of 10 oz frozen spinach which worked really well… next time I’ll try fresh!)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat bar cream cheese
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Baguette slices, breadsticks, or crackers, for serving

Preheat your oven to 425. In a satuee pan add onion and garlic and cook until lightly brown about 5-8 minutes.

In a large pot warm milk over high heat, whisk in cream cheese until it is melted.

Add spinach, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and 1/4 cup mozzarella, season generously with salt and pepper.

Stir mixture until everything has melted nicely together.

Pour into a lightly oiled shallow baking dish and sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese on top.

Bake until nice and golden brown (and bubbly!) for about 20-25 minutes.

Serve nice and hot with pretzel rods, bagel chips, or crackers.

This is the perfect hot appetizer for a cold night in.


*and a reminder: Martha Stewart will be the guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef next Wednesday! Don’t forget to watch or set your DVRs!

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18 Responses to "Hot Spinach Dip"

  1. Sara says:

    even with the frozen spinach, this was perfect! don’t change a thing. loved it 🙂

  2. TKTC says:

    Really, Chels? You’re really going to start my day with this? Now I am craving HARD CORE and it’s not even 10:30 my time…gonna be a fattie day. I can feel it.

  3. VeggieGirl says:


  4. Jay says:

    One of my holiday favorites. Although my version has about 30 dashes of hot sauce in it!

  5. FoodRenegade says:

    Now this is what I call REAL FOOD. It looks delicious!


  6. Pearl says:

    that spinach dip looks amazing! i found your blog randomly and couldn’t resist 🙂

  7. Heather says:

    yum!!! that sounds delicious! i love spinach dip. it does sound like the perfect cold weather snack!

  8. Dustin says:

    Are those gluten free crackers? I hope so . . .

  9. Nicole says:

    i will definately be making this for my christmas party on the 20th. thanks!! great idea

  10. Darius T. Williams says:

    Definitely a hit here – like, for real!


  11. rattynposh says:

    I wish I had some of this dip right now . . . and yes, it is 8:45am. I want dip for breakfast. Don’t judge me! 🙂

  12. Melissa says:

    I looove spinach dip – this recipe looks great. Will definitely be trying this soon!

  13. Louise at Livin Local says:

    Savory, gooey, creamy, warm … oh my! Sounds perfect at any time of the day when a little comfort is in order.

  14. Debbie says:

    Hi, I am making your recipe for an “Ugly Sweater Party” tonight. Yours looked the best when I googled for one. Thanks! Hope I win for best food and ugliest sweater…

  15. RebeccaC says:

    God..its like you read my mind. I’ve been craving this stuff for a week straight. Now there is no way I’ll last through the night without it.

  16. Modern Maven says:

    This will be MADE by me TOO very soon. It looks delicious! Yum!

  17. Kevin says:

    That looks great!! You really can’t go wrong with gooey melted cheese and some spinach for good measure.

  18. i want to make this, but i hate cream cheese…any suggestions on a substitute besides sour cream or goat cheese? i’m picky when it comes cheese 🙂 thanks, steven

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