Holiday Appetizers 101: Fresh Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Bacon.

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Here we have another excellent appetizer to cause you to unbuckle that belt one meal too early! It is the holiday season, right? Unbuckling pants mid-meal is inevitable.

 

Just wear a cute, long top like I do. 

 

 

I love a thick, creamy spinach dip. I love it even more with bacon. I love it even more with smoked cheese. This is a treat every will love. Even veggie-haters like myself.

 

 

Along with cream cheese, I use mayonnaise and sour cream and my base.

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Just as with the buffalo chicken dip, if you are making this for a crowd, I suggest using full-fat ingredients. I happened to have low-fat mayo, so I used it up. 

 

I’d much rather clog my arteries with full-fat mayo, though. Don’t you?

 

 

 

Fresh sauteed spinach, garlic and shallots.

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Make sure you use an entire bag of spinach so you are left with enough for the dip by the time it cooks down. I love using fresh spinach, and must admit I’ve never even tried frozen spinach.

 

 

 

I fold everything together with a spatula – cheese, artichokes, spinach and bacon.

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I use marinated artichokes because I think they add a delicious flavor to the dip.

 

 

 

 

Spread it into a baking dish – and voila!

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It is simple, quick, and so much tastier than other spinach dips. It is very creamy and thick, with lots of ooey-gooey cheese. Who can say no to that??

 

 

 

Not me, my thighs or my hips. They don’t lie.

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I like to serve it with bread and crackers – and my vice – blue corn chips.

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Did you know blue corn chips are fantastic for breakfast?? They really are. I promise. Try them.

 

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Fresh Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Bacon

2-8 oz blocks of cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonaise

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil

1-6 oz bag of fresh spinach

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 shallot, chopped

8 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled

1-12 oz can of marinated artichokes, drained

Preheat oven to 400.

Heat a skillet on medium heat, and add olive oil. Add spinach, garlic and shallots, stirring until spinach is wilted and cooked down. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Beat with an electric hand mixer until smooth. Fold in 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, spinach, artichokes, and crumbled bacon. Pour into a baking dish and top with remaining cheese. 

Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Serve with bread, chips, and crackers.

 

 

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Four words.

 

Get. in. my. belly.

 

 

Happy Turkey Day Eve! :)