Last minute invite to a social so I quickly put this creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip together. Fortunately I had all the ingredients at my fingertips. It pays to stock up on cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese and I managed to have some frozen spinach and a can of artichokes so I was good to go. I shop a lot a Aldi's and I usually pick up extra's when I'm there. Their prices are really reasonable so it's worth picking up a few when I'm there. Enjoy!
3 T Butter
2 cloves minced garlic
1 box 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach drained
pinch salt and pepper
1 can artichoke hearts drained and rinsed
4 T butter
4 T flour
1/3/4 cups whole milk
1 8 oz. package cream cheese softened
3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded (white)(reserve 3 T for top)
Note: if you like spicy you can use pepperjack cheese instead of the sharp cheddar or use half and half of the both cheeses.
In a medium size pot place butter. When butter has melted add minced garlic and simmer a few minutes. Add drained spinach and drained and rinsed artichoke hearts. Break up hearts while simmering and after cooking for a few minutes(5) set aside.
In another pot place 4 T butter. Melt slowly and add flour while whisking to blend. Add milk and simmer until milk starts to thicken a little. Add cream cheese and whisk until blended then add shredded white cheddar cheese. Fold in Chopped Spinach/Artichoke mixture and toss to incorporate together. Top with a little cheddar cheese.
Place in a baking dish (13 x9) or round circle will work, coated with butter and bake approximately 15 minutes at 375 degrees until bubbly. Serve with nacho's. I used light scoops...cause I love to scoop. Enjoy!