Smokey, Creamy, Cheesy, Goodness!
I needed to make dip, not for any particular reason, but just because I love dip and try to make dip at least once a week. Today, I had spinach I needed to eat and bacon, well bacon, I wanted to eat. I love artichokes and always keep them in stock and we all know how much I love cheese. Last time I made a Creole Andouille Artichoke Dip, this time I went with bacon, because, it’s bacon and I love it.
Dice the bacon into about 1/2 inches and use thick cut if you have it.
I used fresh, organic baby spinach, but you could use frozen spinach, just make sure you drain all the liquid out first.
I added a diced onion, 1/2 bunch of green onion and a jalapeno. Seed the jalapeno if you want to cut back on the spice.
Use marinated artichokes, drain very well, we don’t want to dilute our creamy sauce.
I saute all my veggies and the reserved bacon grease and season everything very well. You can use olive oil if you prefer not to use the bacon grease, I think, LOL…
Do not forget to add the bacon back to the dip, this is a must people…Or you can just sprinkle all the bacon on top, prior to baking the dip like I do sometimes.
This dip can be served with crackers, chips or vegetables. I made homemade tortilla chips to eat it with, it allows you to get more dip on a chip….
Spinach Artichoke Dip with Gouda and Bacon
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
16 oz spinach, cleaned, chopped
1 pack of thick cut bacon, diced
3 c. marinated chopped artichoke
1 onion, chopped
1/2 bunch green onions
1 jalapeno, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 c. Gouda Cheese, grated
1 c. Monterrey jack cheese, grated
1 c. sharp cheese, grated
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. Hellmann’s mayonnaise
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. creole seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, add bacon and fry until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside. Add onion and jalapeno to bacon grease and cook for 5 minutes, add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add spices and mix well.
Add spinach and cook until wilted about 7 minutes. Add chopped artichoke and cook for about 3 minutes. Add cheeses and mix well. Allow mixture to cool about 10 minutes, stir in sour cream and mayonnaise.
Mix well and place into a greased oven proof dish and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Place under broiler for 2-3 minutes. Serve warm.