4 Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Dip

by Kate on June 27, 2012

4 Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Dip - FoodBabbles.com

I love entertaining in the warm months when we can all sit outside on the deck and have a nice relaxing day filled with good food. I love the company of family and friends, but I especially love the experience of eating together. So when I was approached to take part in Kitchen PLAY’s “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” event sponsored by Land O Lakes® Deli Cheese, I was all about it. 

What do you think about when you envision outdoor dining? For me, fat, juicy cheeseburgers sizzling on the grill and the charcoal scent wafting through the air come to mind. I also think about pasta salads, full of Italian meats and crisp vegetables. I can practically feel a cool drink in my hand, the condensation dripping down the side. The gentle click of the ice cubes against the sides of a tall glass as I take a nice long sip. As we relax and talk I like to serve some thin, crusty bread slices, toasted to perfection which make the perfect vessel for carrying dip.

4 Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Dip - FoodBabbles.comMy favorite kind of dip is spinach artichoke dip. I remember growing up, my mother would always make an artichoke dip for barbecues  Once I started making my own, I added spinach to it as well. I love the combination of these two simple vegetables into a creamy dip. The recipe I’m sharing today is leagues above the recipes I’ve made in the past, taking spinach and artichokes from simple to extraordinary thanks to the addition Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend.

If you haven’t tried this cheese yet, you’re gonna fall in love. New Land O Lakes®4 Cheese Italian Blend combines their classic creamy American deli cheese, which has always been a staple in our house, with the rich Italian flavors of Asiago, Romano and Parmesan cheeses. This pairing brings a bolder flavor to dishes where you already use American cheese. You can add this cheese to everything from your favorite sandwiches, to the juicy cheeseburgers on the grill, to the pasta salad you’re about to serve along side those cheeseburgers to the dip that your family and friends will not be able to stop digging into. The Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend gives my artichoke dip a bold taste that will have you coming back bite after bite, unable to resist.

*Have you tried this new cheese yet? What are your thoughts?

Be sure to check Kitchen PLAY every day for the next fabulous recipe featuring new LAND O LAKES® 4 Cheese Italian Blend or LAND O LAKES® Deli American Cheese. Then, get in on the fun by leaving a comment with your own “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” tip for dining al fresco this summer. If you do, you’ll be entered to win a lovely grilling prize pack, including one grilling spatula, one marinade brush, one set of tongs and one grill scraper. Kitchen PLAY will be giving away four prizes total, one each week! Please visit Kitchen PLAY for sweepstakes guidelines. Follow Land O’Lakes on Twitter at @LandOLakesKtchn or search the hash tag #kitchenplay.

Enjoy!

~K

4 Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

4 Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Warm, cheesy spinach and artichoke dip perfect for entertaining.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup (about 1/2 lb) Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend, cut into small pieces and divided
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts (not marinated), drained and chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise with a hand mixer until smooth. Add in the garlic powder, salt and chili powder. Mix again just until combined.
  3. Add the spinach, 1 cup of Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend and artichokes. Give it all a stir until incorporated.
  4. Pour into a baking dish and sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup of Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend. (You can use a 24cm quiche dish and bake for 15-20 minutes or a 1.5 quart baking dish and bake 25-30 minutes.)
  5. Bake until dip is warm, bubbly and cheese on top is lightly browned.
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**Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O Lakes as part of the Kitchen PLAY SideCar Series. As always, the opinions given here are my own. 

 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Elle June 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

Wow, that looks amazing! super creative way to use the cheese. And if any if your readers are on the fence, try it–the new cheese it fabulous! It’s bursting with flavor! I need to go and make this dip.

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Kate June 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thanks for your comment Elle! I couldn’t agree more. The new cheese really is so flavorful and tasty. Hope you like the dip!

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Camille June 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

YUM! I haven’t tried that cheese, but I’m about to now! :-) My daughter’s birthday is coming up and I like to make adult food for the party, too. Adding this to the menu for sure!

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Kate June 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

Hi Camille! I’m so glad to hear you like the sound of this dip. Hope you and your guests enjoy it! And I am so in love with the new LOL 4 cheese Italian blend. Good stuff!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary June 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Funny how things we love get shoved into the back of our memory while on the hunt for something new and delicious. I LOVE this appetizer but haven’t made it for years…the cheese sounds wonderful!

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Kate June 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Thanks Barb!

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Amy Kim July 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

This looks awesome! I love easy recipes so this is definitely on the menu for my next party!

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Kate July 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Thanks Amy! I hope you do make it. Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your opinion.

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Leslie Bythe Miller July 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I love this recipe’. Anything with artichoke hearts is a must try. Will have to find the cheese.

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Kate July 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Thanks so much, Leslie! Hope you can find the cheese! It’s new but hopefully the deli counter at your local grocery stocks it.

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Beth (kitchenminions) July 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Oh yum! What a great use of this cheese!

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Kate July 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Thanks Beth! I am truly loving this cheese on and in everything. It’s so versatile!

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Rose December 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm

How many days in advance can I (safely) make this?

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Kate December 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I wouldn’t make it more than a day in advance. Hope you enjoy it!

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