Warm Spicy Spinach Dip

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This Warm Spicy Spinach Dip is a great year round appetizer; great for football games and backyard barbecues!

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Have you heard? The Broncos are headed to the playoffs for the AFC Championship this weekend! They’re playing the New England Patriots; proud owners of the ‘deflategate’ drama so I say, look out for anything boys! Although at my house this Warm Spicy Spinach Dip is the only thing that’ll be coming your way!

I don’t typically plan my Sundays around the game but I’ve usually got it on and this season I’ve seen more than most. I’m usually busy doing something in the kitchen but on playoff days? I try to invest myself more fully; after all, my orange cat is named after Peyton Manning…it would not do to miss him at this critical time would it?

If I’m planning to be more invested, than I might have some friends over too and this Warm Spicy Spinach Dip will most certainly be on the menu! Don’t let the ‘spicy’ scare you…there’s a couple of dashes of Sriracha hot sauce in the recipe; if you absolutely can’t then simply edit it out…this is still a great dip.

Warm and Spicy Spinach Dip

Oh the years I avoided spinach dip. When I think of all of the foods I would not touch for years into my adulthood because they had such bad memories from childhood it’s sad. Avocado, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli and Spinach rank right up there.

I’m trying to make up for it now; though I must admit…I still want my spinach either raw in a salad or if cooked, smothered in a creamy sauce. Which is really what this Warm Spicy Spinach Dip is. With some water chestnuts to boot! It’s got a great flavor with some crunch to boot. Perfect right?

I know this dip has transformed from whatever I started with years ago but I brought those water chestnuts into the mix from a different recipe; I really like the bit of crunch they add to an otherwise creamy dip. You could call them optional but I wouldn’t; they really do add some flavor and a texture that I think is important.

When I say Spicy; it’s really pretty mild as written just to make sure everyone can enjoy it. Want some more heat? Add more hot sauce to satisfy your taste but be careful; just a bit at a time. Once you shake in half the bottle, you can’t take it back!

I’ll be back Friday with an Orange Crush Cocktail; anything to support my team. You can support my team too, OK? See you Sunday!

Warm and Spicy Spinach Dip

Is your team playing this weekend? No? Well, Broncos country would be happy to have you join us. Did you know that the Broncos are the most liked team in the land?

I read that recently; more people across the country like them better than any other team. Let’s hope that countrywide love turns into another win. I so want Peyton to go on to the Super Bowl. My cat will be watching. 🙂

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Warm Spicy Spinach Dip

A delicious warm and spicy version of spinach dip...not too hot, just so good!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories:
Author: Barb

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spinach cleaned, trimmed, and coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can water chestnuts. coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup milk
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 dashes hot sauce such as Tabasco or Sriracha (use more if you want a spicier dip)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Baguette slices breadsticks, or crackers, for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large skillet, saute the spinach until wilted, about 6-8 minutes. Drain spinach in a colander and squeeze with some paper towels to remove water; set aside.
  • Using same skillet, heat oil over medium. Add onion and garlic and saute until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Add the milk and warm it over high heat; whisk in the cream cheese and stir til combined. arm milk over high heat. Add Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce and stir to combine.
  • Combine the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Add one cup to the mixture in the skillet and stir until combined.
  • Add the spinach and water chestnuts and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper
  • Put the mixture into a lightly oiled and shallow 1.5 quart dish (I used two smaller ramekins) and top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake until bubbly and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot with crackers or toasted baguette slices.

Nutrition

Serving: 18

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7 Comments

    1. I think a lot of us did Amanda; along with mushy peas from cans too! Using fresh spinach makes all the difference!

  1. I have been so inspired by what I have seen here today. I just discovered your site, I think that I have a new favorite place to hang!

  2. I’ve made something a bit similar to this, but the water chestnuts are a twist I’ve not seen. Really good! Super stuff. Or at least I’m hoping for you this turns into super (bowl) stuff. 🙂

    1. I know they are a part of an old recipe I’ve not had in a billion years and they did just what I expected from them…a nice bit of texture. I’m hoping you root for my team; I was all over the Rams the year they won the Super Bowl! Shoot I might even still root for the Arizona Cardinals if push came to shove. 🙂

  3. Like you, I didn’t like spinach much as a child but now I enjoy it but mostly in salads. I’ve never had spinach dip so this recipe might just be one I try this year.
    My husband’s team is playing this weekend and he’ll definitely be hoping they beat your Broncos. I won’t be watching but I will surely hear about it!

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