Hot Spinach Dip

Hot Spinach Dip

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!

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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