Spinach Artichoke Dip with Bacon

My Italian cheese blend used mozzarella, Parmesan, Asiago, Provolone, and Romano cheeses, but any blend of Italian cheeses is fine.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon (about 1/3 pound), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed, drained, and chopped, or 1 12-ounce bunch fresh spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or slightly less table salt)
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Pita chips, tortilla chips, crackers, or celery sticks, for serving

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 400˚F.

2 Cook the bacon: Place the chopped bacon in a skillet and cook over medium heat until crispy, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain, leaving the rendered bacon fat in the skillet. Set some of the bacon aside for sprinkling over top the dip.

Spinach Artichoke Dip with Bacon

3 Cook the vegetables: Add the garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the artichoke hearts, spinach, red pepper flakes, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until artichokes are warmed through and the spinach has wilted, about 5 minutes.

Spinach Artichoke Dip with Bacon

4 Combine with the cheeses: In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, shredded Italian cheese blend, sour cream, reserved bacon, and spinach-artichoke mixture until thoroughly combined.

5 Bake and serve: Transfer the mixture to a 1- to 2-quart baking dish and bake until bubbling around the edges, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly, then sprinkle with reserved bacon and serve with pita chips.

This dip is best eaten right away while hot. If it cools a bit and starts to firm up, microwave it for a minute or two to melt the cheese again.

Spinach Artichoke Dip with Bacon

Spinach Artichoke Dip with Bacon

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Comments

  • Kate K

    This dip was amazing! Half the time I just used my fork to eat it. Lol! I don’t really like bacon in a lot of stuff so I omitted that, and added a little garlic powder, onion powder and extra pepper flakes at the end, and it was fabulous. I also put this in my dip crock pot instead of baking it, and it was great. Definitely will make again!

    xxxxxyyyyy

  • Marta Rivera

    Did anyone else eat this dip for dinner? Asking for a friend. It’s that good.

    xxxxxyyyyy

    • Tiffany

      yes, a friend told me she did… :D