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. Because it’s spinach artichoke dip!

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I love a thick, creamy spinach dip. 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.

Just as with the buffalo chicken dip, if you are making this for a crowd, I suggest using full-fat ingredients. It makes it so decadent!

Fresh sautéed spinach, garlic and shallots are some of the other deliciousness in this dish.

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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.

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

And I use marinated artichokes because I think they add a delicious flavor to the dip. The best!

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.

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.

Fresh Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Bacon

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  • 2 (8 ounce) 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 ounce) bag of fresh spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 shallot, chopped
  • 8 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1 (12 ounce) can of marinated artichokes, drained


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • 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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[photos by sarah fennel]