This crowd-pleasing party dip is a creamy blend of sour cream, cream cheese, spinach, and various cheeses and served with bread for dipping.
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About Creamy Spinach Dip
As much as I love coming up with new and creative appetizers, there’s no denying that classic recipes are classics for a reason. They’re the type of dishes that have weathered generations of picky eaters and are still made at next year’s Christmas party.
And one of my absolute favorite classic recipes?
Creamy spinach dip.
You can’t get much more classically crowd-pleasing than that.
What kind of bread is good with spinach dip?
I personally like to use sliced french bread, but other popular types are Hawaiian (for a sweet and savory mix) and sourdough. You can also use all sorts of crackers or pretzels for this dip.
Is spinach dip hard to make?
I’ve seen some recipes for spinach dip that require a lot of active time, with elaborate ingredients, overcomplicated instructions, and cooking on the stovetop. And while none of that is a “bad” thing, I personally like to take a more hands-off approach when I want to serve a hot dip.
For this recipe, you only need to do two things: thoroughly mix all ingredients together and bake them in a dish. Really, that’s it! It will probably take you longer to cut the french bread than it will to get the dip ready for serving.
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Plus, this method is ideal for a party, because if the dip ever gets too cold you can pop it back in the oven for 5 minutes to bring it back to melted cheesy goodness.
Can you make spinach dip in advance?
Yes, you totally can!
Just prepare the dip per recipe instructions, stopping just before baking. Cover the dish with a lid, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap, then store in the refrigerator for up to three days.
When ready to eat, allow the dip to come to room temperature on the counter for about 30 minutes, then follow the baking instructions as normal.
How long is spinach dip good for?
Once prepared, spinach dip can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
When ready to eat, allow the dip to come to room temperature on the counter for 30 minutes, then follow the regular instructions for baking the dip.
Can you freeze spinach dip?
Yes, you totally can!
Once prepared and cooled, spinach dip can be stored in a sealable container or freezer bag for up to one to three months.
When ready to eat, allow dip to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then let it come to room temperature on the counter for 30 minutes. From there, just follow the regular recipe instructions for baking the dip.
How long can you leave out a party dip?
Whenever you serve a “help yourself” dish like a party dip, you should always keep track of how long it sits at room temperature.
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For most foods, the general rule of thumb is that a perishable item should not be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours. And by “danger zone”, this is usually at or just above room temperature.
Since this dip will be served warm, that should give you another 30-60 minutes before needing to keep track of the dip. So, in total, this dip can be left out for an absolute maximum of three hours, depending on the temperature of the room. However, be sure to still check the dip every now and then and make your best judgment.
Once you pass the recommended time, you can heat it up in the oven again.
For best results, I’d recommend using a warming tray so that the creamy spinach dip stays warm and above the “danger zone” temperature.
Notes & tips for this spinach dip
- Like the baking dish used in the photo? I got it at IKEA!
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How do you make hot spinach dip?
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In a large bowl, add sour cream and cream cheese, then mix until smooth and creamy.
Step 2 – Add spinach, Monterrey Jack cheese, Parmesan cheese, dried minced onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, then use a spatula to fold and mix everything together.
Step 3 – Transfer the dip to a wide, shallow baking dish, smoothing out the top so that it’s an even layer.
Step 4 – Bake!
Step 5 – Serve dip with toasted bread for dipping.
Step 6 – Enjoy!
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