The best cheesy baked spinach artichoke dip recipe, lightened up with extra veggies and no mayonnaise! Everyone will love this delicious appetizer recipe; it’s great served hot or even at room temperature. Recipe yields 8 appetizer servings.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
Pinch of salt
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach), thawed*
1 jar (12 ounces) marinated artichokes or 1 can (15 ounces) canned artichokes in water, drained and chopped
8 ounces sour cream or Greek yogurt
2 ounces crumbled feta or goat cheese (about 1/2 cup)
3 dashes of your favorite hot sauce (I recommend Cholula)
Freshly ground black pepper
For serving: Tortilla chips, pita wedges, small slices of toasted bread, crackers, or crisp, firm veggies
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion and bell pepper are nice and tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile, squeeze as much moisture out of the thawed spinach as possible.
Add the spinach and artichoke to the pan and cook for 1 minute, using your spatula to break up any hunks of spinach.
Remove the skillet from the heat and add the sour cream, feta and two-thirds of the mozzarella (about 1 cup). Stir until the ingredients are all mixed together. Season to taste with additional salt, some black pepper, and a few dashes of hot sauce (more if you want more of a kick).
Transfer the mixture to a small casserole dish (about 1-quart capacity) and spread it evenly into the pan. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the contents. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 18 to 25 minutes.
Let the dip cool for a few minutes (it’s crazy hot) and serve with your dipping vehicle of choice. This dip keeps well for up to 4 days in the refrigerator, covered.
How to thaw frozen spinach: This is easiest in the microwave. Place the frozen spinach in a microwave-safe bowl and cook until it has defrosted, stirring occasionally, about 3 to 5 minutes. You could probably also let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
Dairy free/vegan note: This is not a great candidate to be made dairy free. I recommend that you make the creamy avocado spinach dip in my cookbook instead!
▸ Nutrition Information
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. See our full nutrition disclosure here.
Did you make this recipe?
Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #cookieandkate.