Recipe: Best-Ever 5-Ingredient Spinach Dip
I love how eyes light up whenever "spinach dip" is mentioned. Whether it's the shortcut version made with soup mix or the hot, bubbly, artichoke-laden one, the comforting dip is always a crowd favorite. In this warm stovetop version, simplicity and speed is the name of the game — it only has five ingredients, along with some salt and pepper. With some pantry staples and a box of frozen spinach, this tasty spinach dip is ready in just five minutes, leaving you time to go back to watching the game or your favorite TV show.
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Because there are only five ingredients in this dip, each one must pull its weight in flavor and contribute to a rich, creamy texture. Mayonnaise has the tang and creaminess you expect in spinach dip, cream cheese melts beautifully and thickens the dip, Parmesan adds nuttiness and depth, and scallions give a mild onion flavor to complement the chopped, frozen spinach. Heat everything in a saucepan and in just five quick minutes, you're ready to serve.
Have a big crowd coming over? You can easily double this recipe, which will use up the whole block of cream cheese. You can also transfer the dip into an oven-safe baking dish, sprinkle with some more Parmesan cheese, and broil until the top is browned if you have a few extra minutes and want an extra-nice presentation. This dip has been so popular at my house that the recipe has been requested after just one bite.
Makes about 2 cups; serves 6
Prep time: 10 minutes ; cooking time: 5 minutes
1 (10-ounce) package
frozen chopped spinach, thawed in the refrigerator overnight or in the microwave
cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
finely grated Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)
thinly sliced scallions (white and green parts, from 3 scallions)
freshly ground black pepper
Crackers, baguette slices, crostini, or crudites, for serving
Squeeze all the excess moisture from the spinach and place in a small saucepan. Add the mayonnaise, cream cheese, Parmesan, scallions, salt, and pepper. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the cream cheese is melted and the dip is warmed through and evenly combined, about 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Doubling: This recipe can easily be doubled and will just take a few more minutes on the stove to heat up.