You need this Asiago Spinach and Artichoke Dip in your life! It's a creamy, cheesy hot dip with chunks of artichokes, sautéed red onions and a touch of spicy heat.
When dips are really good, they have a way of becoming the meal's centerpiece. That certainly happens whenever I make this Asiago Spinach and Artichoke Dip.
No matter what else is at the table or on the buffet, people will park themselves in front of this appetizer and declare they're happy to nosh on it all night. And Lord knows, I've made an entire meal of this on more than one occasion, with the excuse of adjusting the recipe until it's just right.
You may have noticed there are tons of spinach-artichoke dip recipes out there. So what's different about this one?
First, just as in my Creamed Spinach Soufflé with Artichokes, I use frozen artichoke hearts when I can. They're the closest things to fresh artichoke hearts.
But, no worries if you can't find them. You can use drained, canned artichoke hearts and still get good results.
Second, the cheese here plays a big part in the taste. There are three kinds in this dip — cream cheese, Asiago and Parmesan — with Asiago lending the strongest flavor.
No, this isn't a skinny recipe, but I do use light cream cheese and 2% milk to counter the richness from the cream in the cheese sauce. At least there are lots of veggies, right?
Third, (and fourth), there's nice onion flavor, thanks to the red onions, and some heat, thanks to the red pepper flakes.
I'll never be one to eat food that makes my eyes water. But I'm finding, the older I get, the more I appreciate a little spicy kick in my food.
You can adjust the heat to suit your tastes, but I've found this level is just enough to be noticeable without turning anyone off.
And, now for some questions you may have about this Asiago Spinach and Artichoke Dip...
Can Spinach and Artichoke Dip Be Made Ahead of Time?
Yes! You can assemble the dip a couple days ahead, then bake it the day you serve it.
You can even bake it ahead of time and then reheat it the day you serve it.
Can You Freeze Spinach and Artichoke Dip?
Absolutely! You can freeze it before or after it’s baked. (Just let it cool first.)
I just froze a portion of the baked dip last night and reheated it in the microwave today. After stuffing my face – I mean conducting research – I can say, it's still AWESOME!!
P.S. If your love for cheesy spinach dishes knows no bounds, you have to check out these other Cooking with Mamma C recipes:
(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C. Originally published on March 4, 2015 as "Spinach, Artichoke and Asiago Dip" and republished now with updated photos, text and nutrition information.)
Asiago Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach
- 2 (14-ounce) cans quartered artichoke hearts (drained) Or use 18 ounces frozen artichoke hearts
- ¼ large red onion
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 5 ounces whipping cream (see notes)
- 7 ounces 2% milk
- 1 8 oz. block cream cheese (light is fine)
- 1 ¼ cups grated Asiago cheese
- ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (divided use)
- ⅔ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ⅓ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Thaw your frozen spinach in the microwave. (I can fit the contents of two packages in a glass 9x13 pan and use high heat for 5 minutes.)
- While the spinach is in the microwave, peel and chop ¼ of a large red onion. Grate your cheeses in a blender or food processor.
- When the spinach is thawed, drain out the liquid in the sink by grabbing small handfuls of spinach and squeezing them over a strainer. Set your dried spinach in a large mixing bowl.
- Drain the artichoke hearts. (If using frozen ones, thaw them in the microwave and drain.) Roughly chop the artichoke hearts, leaving some chunks. Pat them dry with a paper towel and add them to your large mixing bowl.
- In a sauce pan, melt your butter over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and cook them until they are just becoming tender. Add the flour and stir to mix. Continue stirring for another minute.
- Add your whipping cream and milk, stirring (or whisking) as you go. Continue stirring, and when the mixture thickens, add your block of cream cheese. Continue stirring, until the cream cheese melts and the sauce is smooth and thick.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the Asiago, ½ cup Parmesan, red pepper flakes, salt and garlic powder. Pour the sauce over the vegetables in your large mixing bowl and mix well.
- Transfer the dip to a greased 9x13 pan (or use two pie dishes or crocks). Spread the dip evenly and top with the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan.
- Bake the dip for 20-25 minutes, or until the dip is bubbly and browned to your liking.
- Serve with pita crackers, natural tortilla chips, carrot sticks, or bread. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. You also can freeze the leftovers and reheat them in the oven or microwave.
- If you can find frozen artichoke hearts, use them. BirdsEye is no longer selling them, so I've had to use canned artichoke hearts instead.
- You can use 12 ounces of evaporated whole milk in place of the whipping cream and low-fat milk.
- You can assemble the dip a couple days ahead, then bake it the day you serve it. You can even bake it ahead of time and then reheat it the day you serve it.