I can’t believe tomorrow is New Years Eve! I have to be honest…we’re not “feeling” the party mood. The “flu of doom” has hit our nest like a ton of bricks! I’m 99.9 % sure a 2 ton elephant is sitting on my face! Mars is right here next to me with a 3 ton elephant on his. Instead of Auld Lang Syne our song sounds more like…cough, cough, hack, sneeze, sniff, sniff, cough! In a word…Miserable! I guess we are sending 2016 out with a real “BANG”!
Regardless, IF I were feeling better and IF a PAR-TAY was on the schedule…this Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip would be the star of the evening! No doubt about it! I know that we’ve all had this dip before so what is the big deal right? Well, what really kicks it up a notch is the delectable little slices of Crostini garlic toast! If anything could make time stand still…this would be it! Mars and I could not get enough of this on Christmas Eve. The only downside to this dip is that eventually it’s all gone! (This is when my sniffing is appropriate!)
TIP: I found my toasted garlic crostini toast at my favorite specialty market, Harmon’s. Any market with their own bakery should have toasted crostini.
This recipe is super easy and can be made ahead of time and just popped into the oven about 30 minutes before your party is to start.
Thaw one 10 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach. Drain well. In a food processor, or with a sharp knife, chop one can of drained baby artichoke hearts. Add the spinach and artichokes to a medium size bowl. Add in one cup Best Foods Mayonnaise, or Hellman’s… depending what part of the country you live in. To those ingredients you will add one cup grated Parmesan Cheese. (Not the green shaker can…the real stuff!) Lastly add 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese. Mix it all together and pour into a sprayed non-stick 8 x 8 casserole dish or pie plate.
Top with remaining 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack Cheese. If you are preparing this in advance this is when you will want to cover it with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. If you want to serve it immediately place in a 350° oven for 30 minutes until dip is bubbly and the cheese has melted.
If you’d like your cheese a little brown on top you can place under the broiler for a minute. Just be sure to keep an eye on it.
The cheese is melted and gooey. The edges are nice and golden brown. It ready! All you need now are a few of those toasted garlic crostini’s to serve this warm delicious dip on top of.
The combinations of flavors and textures is out of this world! The crispy buttery garlic crostini is the perfect fit for this creamy cheesy flavorful dip loaded with spinach and chopped artichokes!
Even in my Tylenol Cold Drug induced coma this looks drool worthy! (Okay, so I might be drooling cause I’m sick and can’t breathe, but it still looks delectably drool worthy!)
I simply placed the small casserole dish with the hot dip next to a basket filled with the crostini’s. It was truly our favorite dip of the night! It’s sure to be a hit!
You definitely want to serve this dip hot. You can reheat it in the microwave if it should cool down, or keep it on a hot plate set to warm.
I know your guests will enjoy this dip as much as we did. It’s a classic and one you just can’t go wrong with. I realize it is usually served with corn chips but step it up and serve it with those toasted crostini’s. You’ll be so glad you did.
Thanks for stopping by. The printable, as always, is just below. Have a Wonderful Happy SAFE New Years Eve! Let’s ring in 2017 in style!