Hosting a dinner party tonight and hunting for that ultimate showstopper appetizer?
Look no further!
My creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip is not just delicious but is also a breeze to whip up. A harmony of veggies, and cheesy goodness with the perfect hint of spice, this dip pairs delightfully with a range of wines. I personally love it with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a refreshing Rosé, but there are so many options to explore! Dive into the full recipe below and discover the ideal wine to elevate your dish and impress your guests. 🥂
1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 package (10 ounces) frozen spinach, thawed and well-drained
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional for a bit of heat)
1 tablespoon olive oil (for drizzling, optional)
Tortilla chips or sliced baguette for serving
1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. Prepare Spinach: If you haven't already, thaw the frozen spinach and squeeze out as much water as possible. This step is crucial because it prevents the dip from becoming watery.
3. Mix Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped artichoke hearts, drained spinach, mayonnaise, sour cream, half of the Parmesan cheese, half of the mozzarella cheese, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir everything together until it's well mixed.
4. Transfer to Baking Dish: Pour the mixture into a baking dish (about an 8-inch by 8-inch size will work, but similar-sized dishes are fine too).
5. Add Remaining Cheese: Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses on top.
6. Bake: Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted, bubbly, and slightly golden.
7. Serve: For an extra touch, you can drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top before serving. Serve warm with tortilla chips or slices of baguette.
The creamy and savory flavors of a Spinach and Artichoke Dip pair wonderfully with wines that have good acidity, which helps cut through the richness of the dip. Here are a few wine suggestions:
1. Sauvignon Blanc: This white wine is known for its crisp acidity and citrusy notes. Its brightness contrasts the creaminess of the dip, making it a top choice. A Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or California would be especially delightful.
2. Pinot Grigio: Another white wine option with good acidity. It's light and crisp, which complements the hearty nature of the dip.
3. Chardonnay (unoaked): An unoaked or lightly oaked Chardonnay can also work with this dip. While Chardonnays are often richer, their acidity can nicely offset the creamy dip.
4. Albariño: This Spanish white wine has vibrant acidity and aromatic notes, making it an interesting choice to pair with the dip.
5. Chenin Blanc: Especially one from South Africa or the Loire Valley in France. It offers good acidity and apple/pear flavors that can be a great complement.
6. Rosé: A dry rosé, with its balance of fruitiness and acidity, can also be a delightful pairing with this dip.
7. Sparkling Wine: If you're in a celebratory mood or want to add some bubbles to the mix, a Brut Champagne or any dry sparkling wine like Prosecco or Cava can be a fun and palate-refreshing choice.
If serving red (although white or rosé would be the primary recommendation for this dip), opt for a lighter-bodied, fruity red with moderate acidity, like a Pinot Noir.
Remember, the best wine is the one you enjoy most! So, feel free to choose based on your personal preference and what's available to you.