Chef Jonathan’s part:
I was looking forward to this week’s blog, because I very much enjoy making dips like this one. There were a few changes I made though. Instead of boiling both the spinach and artichokes, I just boiled the spinach, and then I threw it in the food processor to puree it into a paste. I added the artichokes to it, then added the rest of the ingredients. I also used fresh artichokes, instead of frozen, and I put some of the marinade in with the dip, it added a nice flavour. I also put it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, to let it all warm up together. It was a nice addition to lunch, but it would also be a nice appetizer, or even a snack.
To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled with this week’s recipe. I’ve had better artichoke dip from my friend, Darlene, than from Alton Brown. I think one of the big differences is that he recommends using frozen artichokes. I used the ones from a can but I know Darlene uses the ones from a jar that have been in herbal oil. I also found that there wasn’t enough “kick” for me. I didn’t add the garlic powder because I was out, but it wasn’t that much, anyway so I’m not sure it would have made a difference.
Sorry,Alton. I probably won’t make this one, again. I’ll go back and get Darlene’s recipe!
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- 1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
- 11/2 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
- 6 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender and drain. Discard liquid. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in rest of ingredients and serve hot.
Brown, Alton. “Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe : AltonBrown : Food Network.” Food Network – Easy Recipes, Healthy Eating Ideas and Chef Recipe Videos. Web. 06 Nov. 2011. <http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/hot-spinach-and-artichoke-dip-recipe/index.html>.