Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Y’all know how picky my daughter is. She’s a frenchfryaterian. IMGP9580 So, I can’t tell you how excited I was when she wanted to get Spinach Artichoke Dip while we were out having lunch a few days ago. Katelyn wants to eat something with spinach? AND artichokes? YAY!! – Let’s order it.
Well…unfortunately it really sucked. BAD. And I’m just not gonna name the restaurant because, well, I’m not a bitch.

So what do I do? Make it and prove that what Mama makes is always better. IMGP9663 Always.

I, of course, cheesed it up and added some heat. We tried a couple of different versions.  IMGP9587 For the first version we used sharp white cheddar, which was good – but didn’t really seem to fit well with all the flavors.

Then, we decided to try Gouda. IMGP9529 Yes, Gouda it is.

IT IS SO good. Gouda is like the most perfect cheese. It has all the soft meltiness of Mozzarella, but it’s still a tad sharp and salty (a little, not a lot). Keep in mind you don’t have to add the lemon juice, but I did, probably because I feel the need to add an edge to everything. Taste it first, then decide.

And stop looking at my wintered-out crackly dry ass fingers. Focus on the dip.


Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip


  • 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 cup Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat mayo
  • 1/4 cup 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • One little tiny squeeze of lemon juice (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine everything in a food processor and pulse until smooth; pour into a baking dish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until bubbly.

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  1. Not just yummy but also very healthy dip. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. This dip is badass! And I happen to have all the ingredients on hand. (Can you say ‘Dip for dinner’?)
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