In the appetizer section of almost any restaurant menu, you’ll find the classic spinach and artichoke dip with tortilla chips or flatbread. However, this delicious duo can do so much more than just appetize!
Whether it’s been a while since your last dining excursion or not, below you’ll find 10 less traditional takes on this tasty appetizer you can make at home.
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Go Classic with the Dip
We mustn’t skip over the legendary star of our roundup! If you’ve ever wanted to make this popular dip from home, here is your opportunity. This recipe is spot-on in the flavor department; all you need is the tortilla chips for your dipping party.
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Serve It as a Chicken Dinner
Now, imagine that creamy spinach and artichoke blend stuffed inside a tender, juicy chicken breast. It’s what’s for dinner!
The seasoned chicken is sliced through the middle horizontally to create a perfect pocket for packing. You’ll sear the chicken, oven roast it, and then finish everything off with a cream sauce.
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Mix It with Pasta
You guessed right! Spinach and artichoke combined with the al dente pasta of your choice make a delicious dinner worth every calorie. Using fresh spinach, garlic, sour cream, and cream cheese, you’ll learn to make a lovely fresh cream sauce dotted with chunks of artichoke hearts and green, leafy spinach.
Feel free to spice things up with a can of diced jalapeños. They add just the right amount of oomph to an already gratifying dinner.
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Create a Casserole
You can even make the appetizer you love and call it a casserole using shredded (already cooked) chicken as a protein option.
From there, you can take it a step further by adding al dente pasta or egg noodles. You’ll have a whole meal in one.
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Fall in Love with a Creamy Tuscan Salmon
Even salmon loves the fresh flavors of spinach, garlic, and artichoke hearts, especially when given a Tuscan flair filled with sun-dried tomatoes and capers.
This creamy skillet meal is prepped and ready in just 30 minutes and possesses a flavor like no other. Serve this fish feast on a bed of rice, orzo, or your pasta of choice.
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Bake a Lovely Quiche
Learn to make a gorgeous crust, and then fill it with coconut milk, eggs, your star ingredients (spinach and artichoke), and a few other staples.
The quiche alone tastes wonderful, but the grilled spring onion provides a delicate charred flavor that really takes it to another level. Serve this with a lovely side salad or soup.
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Crisp Up a Few Quesadillas
At some point in your life, you’ve devoured a shredded chicken quesadilla and, perhaps, even one stuffed with ground beef or pork carnitas! But have you ever tried the spinach and artichoke version?
Here’s your chance! If you have some leftover spinach and artichoke dip, combine it with some shredded chicken, pulled from a store-bought rotisserie chicken, and voilà! It doesn’t get much easier than this.
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Make a Cheesy Mac
Feast your eyes on a cheesy delight you’ve been enjoying since you were a kid. We cherish macaroni and cheese for all the comfort and joy it brings to our taste buds and bellies.
You’ll also love everything about this fresh and easy take on that classic crowd-pleaser. It’s filled with (you guessed it) fresh baby spinach and hearty artichoke hearts. You top it all off with some crushed Ritz crackers, and into the oven, it goes!
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Give Pizza a Try
Take a time out from pepperoni and cheese, and give your family a new take on Bianca pizza topped with roasted garlic, cheese, fresh spinach, and chopped artichoke.
This simple, step-by-step recipe gives you the chance to finally try making pizza dough from scratch. You’ll also learn how to roast garlic to optimize flavor.
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Gooey Grilled Cheese for the Win!
Using focaccia bread, sourdough, or really, any leftover artisan loaf you have at home, stuff it up with all the goodness of spin-art. Oh yes, it’s grilled cheese taken to a whole new level of delish.
This recipe makes two servings, but seriously, this is so good, you’ll have no problem gobbling them both up on your own!
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Of course, spinach and artichoke dip is delicious served the traditional way, but why stop there when you have all of these delicious options? After you’ve mastered these recipes, it’s time to move on to the joys of garlic.