When we go out to eat, it’s rare that we’ll buy an appetizer or dessert. In fact, it’s rare that we buy two meals! However, there’s one item that often appears on appetizer lists that always tempts me.
Spinach artichoke dip.
LOVE spinach artichoke dip. It’s full of tons of things that aren’t good for me, and I regret eating hours later because it’s full of lactose, but whenever I see it listed on a menu, those thoughts all disappear. And the place that has my favorite kind of spinach artichoke dip? Applebees. I’ve found out that not all restaurants make their recipes the same, and homemade spinach artichoke dips rarely satisfy me. So for the longest time, I’ve been on the search for a recipe that tastes just like Applebees. And I think I found it.
This recipe was so spot on, I could hardly believe it. And my mom, who is also a huge fan of Applebee’s spinach artichoke dip, agreed. It was practically an exact replica.
I think I like this version because it doesn’t go heavy on the artichokes, which is my main complaint about some recipes. There’s just the perfect amount of all the different ingredients, that all combine together perfectly for a creamy and savory dish.
I served this with chips, but also decided to make some simple crostinis with some day-old french bread. They turned out to be the perfect thing to dip in this, so I’ll include that recipe as well. This can be made lactose free (even though I didn’t do that) and I’ll include those substitutes — though I can’t guarantee it will taste exactly like Applebees’ if you don’t follow this exactly.
What is the one food that you always want to get when you go out to eat?
- 10 ounces frozen, chopped spinach (thawed)
- 10 oz artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded romano cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 10 ounces prepared alfredo sauce
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 4 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 loaf of french broad
- 1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
- Italian seasoning
- Garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. n a large bowl, combine all the ingredients with a spoon until smooth. Place in an 8×8-inch glass dish, and baked for about 30 minutes.
- For crostinis:
- Turn oven to broil. Cut thin slices of the french bread, and cut each of those slices in half. Brush both sides of each piece of bread with olive oil, and sprinkle Italian seasoning and garlic powder on both sides. Place in oven for 3 minutes, flip, and place in oven again for another 3 minutes