Wednesday, June 27, 2012

RECIPE: Best Spinach Artichoke Ever!

I First tasted the Spinach Artichoke at Italiannis.  My hubby and I always go back there to eat the delicious appetizer.  Now here i am making it for the first time, and my hubby said "its the Best Spinach Artichoke Ever"
Yummy spinach artichoke

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook it around for a couple of minutes over medium-low heat, just to get the oil really infused with the heavenly garlic flavor. 
Crank up the heat to medium-high and t throw a bag of spinach into the skillet with the butter and garlic
Then cook it for a couple of minutes until it shrinks and wilts. Squeeze all the juice
Cook the hearts around for several minutes, until most of the liquid cooks off and the artichokes develop a little color on the outside.
Making the dip
pour the feta cheese
then the pepper jack
Add cayenne for more flavor

Chop the spinach and artichoke
throw in the sauce and stir
Pour the luscious mixture into a buttered casserole dish.. as for me i only have pyrex dish
Top the casserole with a little more grated Pepper Jack and bake
toast Garlic Bread and Serve hot with the dip




  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Garlic, Minced
  • 1 bag Spinach
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 2 cans Artichoke Hearts, Rinsed And Drained
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter (additional)
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1-1/2 cup Whole Milk (more If Needed)
  • 1 package (8 Ounce) Softened Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Crumbled Feta
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 cups Grated Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
  • Extra Grated Pepper Jack
  • Pita Wedges, Tortilla Chips, Crackers

Preparation Instructions

  • Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. 
  • Crank up the heat a bit and throw in the spinach. Stir around and cook for a couple of minutes until the spinach wilts. Remove the spinach from the skillet and put it in a small strainer. Squeeze the excess juice back into the skillet. Set the spinach aside. 
  • Throw in the artichokes and cook over medium high heat for several minutes, until liquid is cooked off and artichokes start to get a little color. Remove the artichokes. 
  • In the same skillet or a different pot, melt 3 additional tablespoons of butter and whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour until it makes a paste. 
  •  Cook over medium-low heat for a minute or two, then pour in milk. Stir and cook until slightly thickened; splash in more milk if needed. 
  • Add cream cheese, feta, Parmesan, pepper jack, and cayenne and stir until cheese are melted and sauce is smooth. 
  • Chop artichokes and spinach and add to the sauce. Stir to combine. 
  • Pour into buttered baking dish. Top with extra grated pepper jack and bake at 375 for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Serve with Garlic Bread, pita wedges, chips, or crackers!

source: REE Drummond


  1. Looks really cheaper and easier version is to use a mixture of mayonnaise, all purpose cream, edam and cheddar cheeses