Sunday, October 30, 2011

Two Dudes One Pan Spinach-Artichoke Dip

A couple years ago my friend, Nicoll, introduced me to one of my all time favorite cookbooks.  It is the Two Dudes One Pan cookbook and I have made so many of the delicious recipes from it!  Besides the caesar salad recipe which is my all time favorite dressing, this is dip recipe pays for the cookbook every time! For a long time I would search in vain for a spinach-artichoke dip that was as good as a restaurants dip.  It just never tasted quite right, the cheeses weren't right, the chips weren't the same, bottom line, I was FAILING!  Well that all ended when we found this recipe.  A crowd-pleaser every time, this is definitely a favorite and a great dish to take to any party. 

Recently my aunt, Marguerite, was having all of the family over to her house for dinner to celebrate the October birthdays (which in our family seems to be about half the family).  Maggie was in charge of bringing an appetizer so after brainstorming the miriad of recipes she has been wanting to try, this one was the winner!!! 

Two Dudes One Pan Spinach-Artichoke Dip
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 (15 oz.) can water-packed articoke hearts, drained and quartered
6 oz. chopped fresh spinach (about 4 cups)
(Note: as a matter of personal preference I like to double the amount of spinach the original recipe calls for so I typically use more like 8 cups of fresh spinach)
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 to 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.  

Add the artichokes and the spinach and cook, stirring often, until the spinach wilts, 3 minutes.  
Stir in the cream cheese and mix until it is thoroughly combined with the spinach and artichokes (if the mixture seems tight, add a tablespoon or two of water).  
Mix in the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and salt, and scrape the dip into a serving bowl.
As you can see, by the time I was able to take a picture of the finished product it was half gone!
Here are some pictures of my family!
 Maggie is wearing what we fondly refer to as a "chi-hua-hua seduction sweater".  
The puppies don't love this cold weather! 
 Dudley and Annie are perched 
 My cousin, John, was all dressed up for Halloween and Emory was mesmerized!
 The Whole Fam-Damily!
 Tommy and Megan
 Will, Allen and Walker
 He is one the move!
 Granddaddy and Allen
O'Neal, Nannie and Granddaddy.
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