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Cheesy Hot Baked Spinach Dip Recipe

If you love spinach dip, then you’re going to love this cheesy hot baked spinach dip recipe. It’s an easy make-ahead recipe that is a so easy to make. Best of all, it’s a crowd pleaser.

A great choice to add to your menu for your next party or gathering. It’s so delicious that we sometimes make it just for the family to snack on while we watch television for our movie nights.

How to Make This Easy Hot Spinach Dip Recipe

All the ingredients get stirred together in a large bowl and added to a baking dish or even a cast iron skillet. Place the cream cheese, sour cream, spinach, garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, and part of the mozzarella cheese in a bowl. Stir until well combined and add to the sprayed baking container.

Cheesy Hot Baked Spinach Dip Recipe

Pro Tip. Make sure that all the water is removed from the spinach. Simply squeeze the spinach to remove the water. Another option is to wrap the spinach in paper towels and wring the excess liquid out.

Finish off by adding the rest of the shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Until the dip is bubbly and the cheese is melted.

If you desire more of a browned cheese on top, turn the oven to broil and continue baking for 2 to 3 more minutes until the cheese starts to brown.  

When serving, top with freshly diced parsley or diced scallions. Serve with chips or crackers to dip.

Make this Cheesy Dip in Advance

This can be made up to a day ahead of time. Just assemble all the ingredients in the baking container. Store it in the refrigerator covered with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

When you are ready to bake, go ahead and remove the covering and bake. Since the ingredients went into the oven cold, you should add about 5 minutes onto the cooking time to get the dip hot and bubbly.

Hot Spinach Dip for a Crowd

Slow Cooker Spinach Dip Appetizer Recipe

Using a slow cooker for an appetizer is a wonderful time saver. Your dip will stay warm throughout the party too. Just place the spinach that has the excess water removed, cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, scallions, parsley, and mozzarella cheese in the slow cooker. Stir until well combined. Cook on high 2 ½ to 3 hours or low 4 to 5 hours.  Keep on warm for the party. Super easy entertaining.

Should you use Fresh or Frozen Spinach in the Dip

Either one works fine. For the fresh spinach, I like to coarsely chop and sauté in a skillet and cool ahead of time; before adding it to the other ingredients. If using frozen, I like to get the kind that is already diced. Then just thaw and make sure that all the water is removed from the spinach. Simply squeeze the spinach to remove the water. Another option is to wrap the spinach in paper towels and wring the liquid out.

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Hot Spinach Dip Recipe Variations

Add more cheese flavor and melty cheeses to your dip. You just can’t go wrong switching up the cheesy goodness. Here are a few ideas for great flavor combinations.

Parmesan, Provolone, Asiago, and Romano cheese are all delicious additions to the mozzarella cheese for flavor.

For other melty cheese blends, try mozzarella and provolone, or Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Fontina cheese, Muenster cheese, and Gouda paired with the mozzarella

Change up this classic hot dip recipe with other flavors. Just like your favorite restaurant hot dips.

Add just ½ a cup or 1 cup of these varieties to make your tastebuds dance even more.

These are always a hit with the family and our guests.

  • Mushrooms. Fry until golden and slightly crispy for best results.
  • Artichokes. Use the marinated artichoke hearts and chop before adding.
  • Bacon. Cook until crispy, then crumble over the top.
  • Onions. Cook until caramelized and mix in.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes: I use the kind packed in oil. Coarsely chop before adding.
Serving Ideas for spinach dip

What to Eat with Spinach Dip?

If you are hosting game day, then this is a must on the menu as when you are serving other hearty appetizers.

We serve this cheesy hot baked spinach dip with a wide variety of crackers, pita bread, pieces of bagels broken up, pretzels, bread, fresh vegetables, tortilla chips, and corn chips. They are all perfect for dipping into the cheesy, gooey goodness.

Another serving suggestion is to hollow out a round bread loaf to make a bread bowl. Spoon the hot spinach mixture into the center and arrange the bread pieces that have been removed from the center around the dip bowl so your guests can use them to enjoy with the hot dip.

Here are delicious and easy complimentary appetizers to serve along with this dip.

How Long Does Spinach Dip last in the Fridge?

Homemade Spinach dip will last in the refrigerator in an airtight container 5 to 7 days.  However, store-bought spinach dip will last longer due to the preservatives and can last 2 to 3 weeks if left unopened. Once opened, make sure to discard after 10 to 12 days and keep refrigerated between use.

Can you Freeze Spinach Dip?

While you can freeze the spinach dip in the freezer, the cream cheese texture can change from creamy to rather grainy. It will still taste great, but the look and texture will be off. Therefore, I do not recommend freezing if you want to enjoy a creamy spinach dip.

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How to Reheat This Dip

If you did freeze your dip, thaw to room temperature, and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until it is hot and bubbly again.

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Cheesy Hot Baked Spinach Dip Recipe

If you love spinach dip, then you’re going to love this cheesy hot baked spinach dip recipe. It’s an easy make-ahead recipe that is a so easy to make. Best of all, it’s a crowd pleaser.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, brunch recipe, easy recipe, Gameday food, Holiday recipe
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 148kcal

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Ingredients

  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese Softened
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 10 Ounces Spinach Leaves Chopped, and drained. Can be fresh or frozen.
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese Shredded
  • 1 1/2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese Shredded and divided
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley Diced, optional
  • 1 Tablespoon Scallions Diced, optional

Instructions

  • Place the cream cheese, sour cream, spinach, garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese in a large bowl. Stir until well combined and add to a prepared baking dish. Note. you can also add some scallions and use dried parsley right in the spinach mixture.
  • Pro Tip. Make sure that all the water is removed from the spinach. Simply squeeze the spinach to remove the water. Another option is to wrap the spinach in paper towels and wring the liquid out.
  • Finish off by adding the rest of the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Until the dip is bubbly and the cheese is melted.
  • If you desire more of a browned cheese on top, turn the oven to broil and continue baking for 2 to 3 more minutes until the cheese starts to brown.
  • When serving, top with freshly diced parsley or scallions. Serve with chips, bread, vegetables, or crackers to dip.

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What to Eat with Spinach Dip?

If you are hosting game day, then this is a must on the menu as when you are serving other hearty appetizers.
We serve this cheesy hot baked spinach dip with a wide variety of crackers, pita chips, pieces of bagels broken up, pretzels, bread, fresh vegetables, and corn chips. They are all perfect for dipping into the cheesy, gooey goodness.

Slow Cooker Spinach Dip Appetizer Recipe

Using a slow cooker for an appetizer is a wonderful time saver. Your dip will stay warm throughout the party too. Just place the spinach that has the excess water removed, cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, scallions, parsley, and mozzarella cheese in the slow cooker. Stir until well combined. Cook on high 2 ½ to 3 hours or low 4 to 5 hours.  Keep on warm for the party. Super easy entertaining.

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 491mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3006IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 278mg | Iron: 1mg

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