This bacon spinach artichoke asiago dip is totally worth the mouthful it takes to say it! Its loaded with flavor, contains NO MAYO, and is made with simple ingredients. Make this your holiday appetizer table’s centerpiece and you’ll have a lot of really happy guests!
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Spinach dip is one of my favorite appetizers – ever. I make it every year, and every year I try and change it up a bit and just give it a little more YUUUUMMMM than the year before. This year – I have to say – I bested myself.
This spinach dip is loaded with spinach, artichoke hearts, parmesan, cream cheese, bacon, and asiago cheese. Its over-the-top delicious, and I can’t wait for you to try it!
It’s also really really easy to make, and what makes it even better than your average dip? Its baked in a great big King’s Hawaiian Sweet Round bread bowl. It provides the perfect self-cleaning vehicle to bake this dip in, and ALSO the very best way EVER to consume it.
I found these Sweet Round breads at Walmart during my last shopping spree, as well as all of the other ingredients for this awesome dip. To start, fry up about 6 slices of thick-cut bacon.
Once it is nice and crispy, remove it from the pan, but reserve the bacon grease! You’re going to need it. Remove all the bacon grease into a heat-safe container except for about a tablespoon. Let it get nice and hot over medium-high heat, and toss in your drained and quartered artichoke hearts.
Let those develop some color, flip them over, let that side get some color, and then remove from the pan and set aside.If you need a little more bacon grease, go ahead and add a bit. Now you toss in a whole bag of baby spinach. The size you find with all the other bagged salads in the produce aisle. You can also use one box of frozen chopped spinach if you’d like, but make sure it’s thawed and squeezed if you go that route. That kind has a lot of excess water!
Saute the spinach until it’s all just barely wilted, and then remove it from your pan. Give both of them a rough chop and set aside.
Add in another couple tablespoons of bacon grease and then saute your garlic and add your cream. Let it simmer for a few minutes.
Once its cooked down a bit, add in the softened cream cheese, parmesan, and asiago. Stir it well until it’s incorporated into the sauce.
Now add in the spinach, artichokes, and half the bacon.
Give it a good stir, remove from the heat and set it aside.
Now hollow out that bread bowl! Try and keep the pieces semi large. A good bread knife can help you get the initial piece out so you can chunk it up.
Put all that awesome dip into the bread bowl you’ve just created, and stick it into a preheated 300 degree oven.
Bake it for about 25 minutes, and you are done! Pull it out, put the pieces of bread in a vicinity that is semi-near it, and watch it disappear.
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- 6 slices thick-cut bacon
- 1 - 14 ounce can quartered artichoke hearts drained
- 1 - 6 ounce bag baby spinach
- 2 1/2 teaspoon Gourmet Garden garlic paste or 2 1/2 cloves fresh garlic finely minced
- 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 - 8 ounce brick cream cheese room temperature
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- 1 cup shredded block asiago divided
- Preheat oven to 300.
- Dice up the bacon and fry it over medium heat until it is crispy, and then remove from the pan to a paper towel to drain, reserving the grease.
- Put a couple tablespoons of grease back into the pan and saute the artichoke hearts until lightly browned, or about 4-5 minutes. Remove from the pan, add in a little additional grease if necessary, and saute spinach until wilted. Remove from pan and set aside. Give the spinach and artichoke hearts a rough chop.
- Add in another tablespoon or so of bacon grease (its flavor! I promise! Relax!) to the pan and saute your garlic paste (or fresh garlic) for about 30 seconds. Add in cream and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add in the softened cream cheese, parmesan, and half the asiago. Stir well until its all melted and combined, and remove from heat. Mix in the
- Take your King's Hawaiian Sweet Round Bread and cut a large hole in the middle pull it out and then tear chunks out of the interior to form a bread bowl. Reserve bread chunks for dipping later.
- Put the prepared dip into the bread bowl. Place the bowl (keep it inside its metal baking pan that it comes in!) onto a large baking sheet and place on the middle rack of your oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
- Remove, and serve on a platter surrounded by all the bread chunks you reserved from the making of the bread bowl.