This Spinach Artichoke Dip will be a great addition to any cookout or party this spring and summer. It is so creamy and rich with all the savory flavors of bacon.
Serve it warm or cold for the perfect side with fresh crunch veggies or your favorite crackers.
The Perfect Spinach Artichoke Dip For Low Carbers and Nondieters!
When it comes to dips at a party or gathering that everyone will love you just can’t go wrong with a spinach artichoke dip. Add some crispy bacon and nobody will be able to resist it!
Trust me, even my 10-year-old nephew that won’t touch spinach will eat his weight in spinach dips when I bring them.
It’s kind of become a tradition that Aunt Kers always bring some type of spinach dip and if she doesn’t it may just be the disappointment of the week!
This Spinach Artichoke Dip With Bacon is one of my personal favorites. It is an amazing appetizer at parties or holiday gatherings but it can also work as a delicious side dish at your next spring or summer cookout.
The dip can be served in a variety of ways. You can serve it with low-carb dippers like fresh veggies or crackers or if you don’t mind the extra carbs you can serve it in a bread bowl, which some crispy tortilla chips
One thing is for sure though, no matter how you choose to serve this dip it will be going on your list of favorite recipes for appetizers that are for sure!
This recipe is super simple and all ingredients are easily found at any grocery store. Here’s a look at what ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe.
- cream cheese
- parmesan cheese
- artichoke hearts
- green onions
- cheese: parmesan and mozzarella
And just like that, you have the shopping list for this delicious and easy dip that will come together so quickly that you’ll be amazed.
This dip will be the star at any table and have your guests asking for the recipe
Appetizers Like This Recipe Are Great to Make Ahead!
Dips are always great recipes that can be made ahead of and kept in the refrigerator for several days before serving.
This dip can be mixed up and placed into a baking dish or serving dish (depending on how you plan to serve it) and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days before you are ready for it.
The great thing about making dips ahead is not only the time it will save you later when you need to be doing other things to get ready for your guests but it also allows the ingredients in the dip to mingle longer which just makes this dip taste even better!
I have even made this dip ahead by a couple of weeks and frozen it for later. It works out beautifully that way as well.
In fact, it is one of my favorite things to make ahead and keep in the freezer for spur-of-the-moment company or summer gatherings that pop up.
Just make sure you wrap it tightly before freezing it so the dip doesn’t get freezer burn if you plan to leave it very long. Let me know in the comment of this blog post what your favorite make-ahead dips are!
Is This Spinach Dip Best Served Hot or Cold?
If we were going to list all the wonderful things about this dip it would be a long list, but one of my favorite things personally is that it is so versatile and can be served as a hot or a cold appetizer depending on your preferences.
Usually in the fall and winter when I make this for parties, I serve it hot fresh out of the oven with lots of yummy things to dip into it. It really is delicious when baked!
But when things here in the south start to really heat up and get hot I like to make this dip for my cookouts and serve it chilled or super cold.
It does thicken up more when it is cold due to the cream cheese setting up again, so just sit it out for a few minutes before serving and give it a stir to make it soft and creamy again.
How to Prepare This Dip as a baked dip:
If you would like to serve this spinach artichoke dip hot, then just mix all the ingredients together as directed in the recipe card below.
Next spread them into a baking dish or skillet and top and add the finishing touch of more cheese. All that is left to do then would be to bake the dip until it is hot and melted and serve it.
How to Prepare Spinach Artichoke Dip as a cold dip:
The process for serving this lovely appetizer as a chilled one is super simple. All you have to do is to follow the directions in the recipe card for mixing the dip up and then instead of topping it with cheese you would just go ahead and mix all the cheese into the dip.
Once you have the dip completely mixed up you can place it in a serving bowl and cover it with a lid or plastic wrap before chilling the dip.
When you are getting ready to serve the chilled dip, remove it from the refrigerator about 10 to 15 minutes before serving to let it warm up a bit so the dip will be softer and easier to spread or dip things into.
Tips And Tricks For Making and Serving This Spinach Artichoke Dip With Bacon?
One of the most important parts of making this spinach dip will be making sure all of the excess water is removed from the frozen spinach. I let the spinach thaw and then I simply squeeze the spinach between my fingers to remove the liquid. If you want to do this step a little less messy, then you can place the thawed spinach in a nut bag or some cheesecloth and ring out the water as well.
If you prefer fresh spinach over frozen, just cook the fresh spinach down and follow the same process for squeezing all the water out. Just remember that fresh spinach cooks down a ton, so in order to get 10 ounces of cooked spinach for the recipe, you will need at least double that in fresh.
Fresh artichokes can be used in this recipe if you are familiar with how to clean and cook them, however, I find it much easier to use the jarred marinated artichoke hearts you can pick up at the stores. This same me time and in mouse cases money.
If artichokes aren’t your thing or say for some reason you can’t find them at your store, then just leave them out, the dip will still be delicious.
Artichoke dip can be assembled up to a few days before you plan to serve it. Keep it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to bake the dip or serve it.
Serve this dip with various dippers ranging from low carb options of fresh veggies, low carb crackers, and low carb bread to things for those non-dieters like fresh-baked baguettes, tortilla chips, or your favorite cracker. I like to put out an assortment of dipping options just so there is something there for everyone.
A warm cheesy spinach and artichoke dip with crispy chopped bacon
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup real mayo
- 10 ounces of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 3/4 cup marinated artichoke, chopped
- 1/3 cup green onions, chopped
- 1-2 teaspoon minched garlic
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup cooked bacon, chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 cup mozarellaa cheese, divided in half
Optional Serving Ingreiends
- Fresh Veggies
- Low Carb Crackers
- Breads of Choise
- Add the softened cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo into a food processor or large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined and smooth.
- Next stir in the spinach, that is thawed and all the excess water has been removed, artichoke hearts, green onions, and seasonings. Mix well.
- Then stir in the bacon, parmesan cheese, and half of the mozzarella cheese and mix thoroughly.
- Finally, add the spinach artichoke dip into a baking dish and spread it out evenly before topping it with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until it is warmed through and the cheese is all melted and bubbliy.
Serving Size2 large tablespoons
Amount Per ServingCalories 250Total Fat 22gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 34mgSodium 350mgCarbohydrates 3.8gNet Carbohydrates 2.8gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 10g
I am not a nutritionist. If you have strict dietary needs I always recommend using an online nutrition calculator to calculate your totals using your exact brands you're using in this recipe as values may vary per brand.
I am a southern girl through and through that loves to laugh, cook, read and spend time with family. My passions outside of home schooling my son are ministering to those in need and creating art in the kitchen! Every day is an adventure in our little house and I wouldn’t trade it or the chance to share here with you for anything!