Yesterday was National Artichoke Day. I don’t know as much as I probably should about artichokes. They weren’t widely eaten in Kansas during my youth. In fact, the first time I had an artichoke was when I visited an aunt and uncle in Seattle. They introduced me to steamed artichokes with melted butter. They were intriguing, but not something that I craved afterward. The second time I tried artichokes was as marinated hearts in antipasto my dad made. I liked those. For artichoke day I chose to make a very simple but delicious Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip.
I had never made a spinach artichoke dip previously, although I have eaten plenty. It happens to be Daughter Number Ones go-to appetizer when we go out, just above fried pickles. So, I know what a good spinach artichoke dip should taste like.
I was perusing some old recipe books the other day and ran across a slow cooker spinach dip that sounded interesting. On the opposite page was an artichoke dip. This cookbook is old enough that the current version of spinach artichoke dip probably hadn’t been popularized. I was looking at these recipes and comparing them to dips I have eaten. I decided I needed to create my own.
As last night’s dinner was cooking I threw the ingredients I had chosen for the dip into the slow cooker and turned it on high. By the time dinner was done, eaten, and the tables cleared the dip was done. It was perfect timing because the NCAA basketball tournament is a good reason to eat dip right after dinner!
Apparently Daughters 3 and 4 are not as big of fans of spinach artichoke dip as their oldest sister. Daughter Number Four said that she doesn’t like artichokes. D3, as we all know, doesn’t like any vegetable. Surprisingly The Hubs was hesitant, too. Whatever; that means more for me. They did all try it. Of course they decided they liked it.
I sent a picture to Daughter Number One just to make her jealous. It worked. As a kind-hearted and loving mother I did tell her that it was easy enough even she could make it.
Do you have a favorite appetizer? What about pub food? I can guarantee that this is one appetizer I’m glad I made. This is something that is so easy I can whip it up as a last minute snack for the family. It’s tasty enough I can take it to a party. Big Win!
Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 1 can artichokes in brine (chopped)
- 1 10- oz frozen spinach (drained)
- 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)
- Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and turn to high. Stir to combine.
- When melted, turn off or turn to low. Stir to combine thoroughly.
- Serve with pita or tortilla chips.