Last time I made this spinach and artichoke dip I had half the party asking for the recipe; so I promised to “share it” one day. The best part of this recipe is that leftovers can be made into amazing melts the next day and enjoyed all over again.
Aunt Charlotte and Aunt Sissi, this recipe is for you.
Ok, so this isn’t a recipe we eat often -at all- but when we have company, it definitely falls under the “party food” and “people pleaser” category. For family get-togehters, football games and birthday parties, I pull out my little kitchen binder full of recipe print outs, post-its, and magazine cut outs and find some delicious food everyone will enjoy.
This recipe came from Susan, a woman who came to a women’s book study I used to host about 5 years ago. While Susan only attended our meetings once in a while, she always showed up on her designated “feed the ladies” week.
When she brought this dip over, I immediately asked her for the recipe. I did for one of two reasons: one, spinach and artichoke dip is the only way you get my husband to eat artichokes; and two, I had half a bag of spinach in my fridge I needed to use asap!
Little did I know that her recipe would become a party favorite. The recipe (as written) below will serve 2-4 people as a dip but it stretches as a melt; so make sure you double or triple the recipe wen you have a party.
Another reason this is one of my husbands’ favorite recipes is because “it starts with a roux.” Of course, a good southern wife should know how to make a roux.
A roux is a mixture of fat and flour to make a thick sauce, seen traditionally in French cooking. Of course, living outside of New Orleans means that we have a lot of French influence in our cooking. You can see a roux in gumbos, homemade macaroni and cheese, soups, dips, and many more.
Back to this recipe. Why did I decide to make “melts” with the dip? Because sometimes I over-make (is there such a thing?) this dip and I wanted to find a way to serve it for lunch the next day. I didn’t have enough as a dip portion but I had a generous amount to stuff a sandwich.
You should know, that I love all things lunch and will find a way to make just about anything lunch friendly. These sandwiches are oey-gooey-melti-licious (as far as I remember) but my husband assured me that they still taste amazing and are blog-worthy.
It can be quite tough to say goodbye to our friend “Mrs wheat” sometimes… but I still find an immense amount of pleasure sharing some of my family’s recipes with all of you. And my husband? He doesn’t complain too much about having to taste-test them either.
When you are done “testing” this recipe, hop over and try my AMAZING Muffaletta Sandwich. It’s another quick and easy lunch idea that will leave your family begging for more!Print