In this hot spinach and artichoke dip, the vegetables are cooked with garlic and cheese then poured into a hollowed out sourdough bread bowl for serving so guests can tear at the bowl and scoop out the gooey dip.
I grew up in Canada where a grown up party wasn't a grown up party without dip.
And in the early 90s the only dip to be seen with was a spinach dip - or spinach and artichoke if you were feeling particularly posh.
Around every potluck buffet table, laden with each guests' offering, people stood in their tartan (plaid) shirts and tapped their Dr Martens to grunge as bread bowls of dip appeared en mass.
The bread bowl is so retro now and it's time for it to make a comeback.
I mean, seriously, it's quite amazing.
A hot cheesy dip poured into a hollowed out sourdough loaf, so you can dip the removed bread into it and then start tearing at the dip-covered bowl. What's not to love about that?
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip in a Sourdough Bread Bowl
- 3 large handfuls fresh spinach chopped
- 1 can of artichoke hearts drained, rinsed and chopped
- 250 g 8oz cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic peeled and finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper
- Loaf of sourdough bread the top cut off and inside hollowed out. Cut the inside bread into cubes for dipping.
To cook on the stove
- Add the spinach and artichokes to a pan with a little water and cook until tender. Drain. Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender and drain, then return to the pan.
- Stir in the cream cheese and all other ingredients and heat over a medium/low heat until hot. Spoon into the bread bowl and serve with the cubes of bread on the side to dip.
To cook in a slow cooker:
- Spray or wipe the bowl of the slow cooker with cooking oil. Add all ingredients and stir to combine. Cook on low for 3 hours, stirring every hour. Allow the dip to cool slightly and thicken.
- Serve in the hollowed sourdough loaf with the cubes of bread next to it for dipping.