BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip is such a classic appetizer. It can be served hot or cold, it great for potlucks, game day or a fancy party.
BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip is the perfect party appetizer. Make ahead and serve hot or cold with crackers, crostini or vegetables!
It can be served with crudites, crostini or chips and even used as a spread on sandwiches. The problem is that it can also be very bland.
I have a secret weapon for my Creamy Spinach and Artichoke dip. Are you ready?
Leek soup mix.
Yep. Soup Mix! Leek soup mix has herbs and spices already mixed in along with a subtle onion flavor. Allow it to marry with the creamy ingredients and re-hydrate for exceptional flavor.
Everyone will be asking your recipe and it is totally up to you whether or not you want to share it.
The other element that makes spinach dips different from each other is the creamy base. Generally, it is some mix of cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and/or plain yogurt.
I find for cold spinach artichoke dip, yogurt works great. If I am going to spread it on a sandwich or even a tortilla roll-up, nothing beats a cream cheese-yogurt mix. Light, fluffy and slightly tart.
But for hot dips, I like the addition of mayonnaise and can give or take sour cream or yogurt.
PRO TIP: If you have just a little dip leftover, it makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich!
Mayonnaise is egg and olive oil base, so it keeps the dip moist (sometimes cream cheese can dry out) but also helps it hold together instead of separate after being baked.
However, I’ve been known to use any combination of the four depending on what is in the fridge. Feel free to play around with your ratios to find your own “perfect” spinach artichoke dip variation!
Other variations on your Spinach Artichoke Dip can include adding minced roasted red pepper, water chestnuts, topping with additional cheese or even sauteed leeks.
How to make Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip
Follow the exact recipe written below. If you are making it ahead of time, don’t bake it until you are ready to serve.
You can also place it under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to let the extra cheese brown and bubble.
How to Make Cold Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Follow the recipe as written below, but fully mix in all the cheese. Cover and allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. This allows the flavors to marry.
The only thing to be mindful of here is that Leek Soup Mix does have raw flour in it. If you are planning to serve cold, follow the cheater recipe for Leek Soup Mix above and omit the flour.
If you liked this dip recipe, check out some of my others!
Questions you might have about how to make Spinach and Artichoke Dip:
Can I make spinach and artichoke dip ahead of time? You sure can! In fact some folks might argue that it tastes better made the day before so the flavors can marry. However, I wouldn’t suggest making it more than 1 day in advance.
How long is spinach and artichoke dip good for? I would say you can keep it up to 5 days if kept in the refrigerator chilled and covered.
How long can spinach and artichoke dip be left out at room temperature? FDA recommends that food be left out no longer than 2 hours.
Can I freeze spinach and artichoke dip? Yes! Place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 6 months.
What can I substitute for leek soup mix? You can use a few different mixtures instead of leek soup mix. The good news is that this recipe is very forgiving, so don’t worry too much about how it will taste.
Dry Leek Mix Recipe:
- 2 teaspoons flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon minced dried onion
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Dash turmeric (for color)
You can also add 2-3 tablespoons of freshly chopped leeks or scallions (green onions).
Can I use fresh spinach? Use fresh spinach, but cook it to wilt it down first and make sure to wring out as much water as possible.
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Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 packet Leek Soup mix
- 10 ounces frozen spinach thawed
- 13.5 ounce can artichoke hearts drained and coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 garlic cloves micrograted
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Swiss cheese grated (optional for hot version)
- In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, blend cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth.
- Using a tea towel or heavy duty paper towels, squeeze as much moisture out of the spinach as possible, until it is near dry.
- Add spinach and coarsely chopped artichoke hearts and remaining ingredients, blend until combined.
- Transfer mixture to a serving dish. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Serve cold or if you prefer yours hot, sprinkle with Swiss cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!