Need an easy, cheesy dip recipe? This Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip is delicious and made in your crock pot with lots of cheeses, fresh spinach and artichoke hearts.
I used to have two slow cookers from my Dad — they were a brand I had never heard of, something he picked up in his grocery store. One was smaller for dips and there was a larger one for main courses or bigger meals. They worked great and I was happy with them –but I have to admit that they collected dust more than cooking up delicious food. I always say I wanted to use them more, but tend to not think of them much unless I’m preparing a lot of food for a party or something.
One day, I decided it was time to clean behind and under my refrigerator for whatever reason. I also decided that the slow cookers were resistant to the refrigerator being moved. No need to move them off the top of the fridge.
I started to move the refrigerator with small shifts — a gentle wiggle to the left and then a wiggle to the right. Soon, the fridge nearly out, and suddenly I couldn’t get it to budge. I pulled harder. I wiggled it more. I might have even rocked it a bit and then it happened…the biggest slow cooker came crashing to the floor from the top of the refrigerator.
It was incredibly loud as it crashed. So loud that a kid or two came rushing into the kitchen to see what happened. The glass lid shattered into a million pieces. The crock broke too. That poor slow cooker…my laziness killed it.
While I have new, big slow cooker — fancier than the other one ever was — I still miss the old one. But I treasure the small slow cooker from my Dad even more than I did before — he’s not longer with us, so I’m sure that plays a large part in my sentimental attachment. But what’s the point in having them, or missing the old one, if I didn’t use it much? Out of sight, out of mind — and the dust slowly starts to collect on them.
In my attempts to actually start using them more, especially with hot temperatures being in full force here in Las Vegas, I’ve made a goal to use one of my slow cookers at least once a week. I’ve been stuffing my slow cooker pinterest board full of deliciousness and I even had a new cookbook sent to me call “The Healthy Slow Cooker” by Judith Finlayson. I’m having fun trying different recipes from it — and really loving that the recipes are healthy. They are even gluten-free.
Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe
1cupshredded mozzarella cheese
1/4cupfreshly grated Parmesan cheese
1ouncecan artichoke hearts14, drained, rinsed and finely chopped
8ouncestrimmed fresh spinach leavesabout 8 cups
1/4teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
In slow cooker stoneware, combine mozzarella, Neufchatel cheese, Parmesan, garlic, artichokes, spinach, and black pepper. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, until hot and bubbly. Stir well and serve with homemade tortilla chips.
Source: The Healthy Slow Cooker by Judith Finlayson (reprinted with permission)
My adaptions to this recipe:
–I used 8 ounces of light cream cheese
–I used 2-3 garlic cloves as I knew we’d like a bit more garlic in this
–I added as much of the spinach as I could to my slow cooker in the beginning. After the spinach had cooked down a bit, I added the remaining spinach.