Healthified Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Who doesn’t love some ooey, gooey Spinach and Artichoke dip? This bar-fare fav sure satisfies a beer induced palette but what are the stats? The average nutritional facts for one order of dip served with chips is about 1,500 calories, 35 grams of fat, 123 grams of carbohydrates, and 2,300 mg of sodium. OUCH! Well, because of its popularity and my love of “healthifying” the naughtiest of naughty food, I decided to give it a try. I found this recipe on Serious Eats, one of my go-to resources for healthy recipe ideas. I’m happy to say it turned out awesome, it tasted just the real thing and served with veggies and a few whole wheat chips makes this a relatively healthy app!

Ingredients:

  • 10-ounce bag fresh spinach
  • 6 ounces (3/4 block) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces (3/4 block) fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed (not minced)
  • 6 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  • Parsley for garnish

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Tear spinach into bite-size pieces, removing any thick stems. Rinse in a colander, leaving a little water on the leaves. In a large nonstick skillet or Dutch oven, sauté the spinach over medium heat until wilted. Drain in the colander, pushing a little of the extra water out.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheeses with a potato masher. Add sour cream and mash more. Add spinach, mozzarella, artichokes, pepper, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of the parmesan. Stir everything until thoroughly combined.

4. Pour mixture into a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan on top.

5. Bake 30 minutes, or until parmesan is melted dip is all bubbly. Remove from oven and give it a minute or two to cool down.

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9 responses to “Healthified Spinach and Artichoke Dip

  1. Yum! This is one of those things I always avoid at restaurants even though I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love spinach dips but they are always so high calorie at restaurants. I love the recipe u made!

  3. That looks awesome! What are the nutritional stats on that one?

    Dips are always SOOO high in calories.

  4. I absolutely love spinach and artichoke dip! It’s usually terrible for you thoug, so I generally try to avoid it. But your healthified version looks delicious! Definitely something I need try out- yum. 🙂

  5. Oooh, I love spinach dip! Thanks for the recipe – I’m always looking for healthier alternatives for my favorite foods.

  6. I definitely appreciate this recipe- the calorie content of this dip in restaurants is horrifying!

  7. This dip is my fav- I’ll definitely be using this recipe!

  8. Pingback: Chef Jean-Pierre’s Spinach & Artichoke Dip « The Cooking Channel

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