This year, for New Year’s Eve, Ryan and I decided to have a casual evening at home instead of going out. We were still pretty exhausted from Christmas, so we planned a relaxing evening, complete with dinner and a movie. My kind of night!
As a kid, my family’s New Year’s Eve dinners were always a smorgasbord of appetizers and finger foods. Everything from nachos to shrimp cocktail made the list, and everyone loved it! In the spirit of that fun, easy-to-prepare meal, I set out to do the same kind of thing for our New Year’s Eve celebration at home.
The main course was black bean quesadillas with fresh pico de gallo and, for an appetizer, I made spinach and artichoke dip. Yum! I’d never made spinach and artichoke dip before so I had to look for a recipe to follow. I started my search at Gimme Some Oven and was surprised to find one using a slow cooker! Naturally, I had to give the Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip a try and boy, was I glad I did!
To make this dip, you’ll need:
- 1 – 10 oz. bag baby spinach, roughly chopped
- 1 – 13.75 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts, drained & chopped
- 1 – 8 oz. brick low fat cream cheese, cut into 1″ cubes
- 1 cup light sour cream
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup finely-chopped red onion
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Start by lightly greasing the inside of the crock-pot with some cooking spray. Then, add all of the ingredients and mix them together. You can mix everything together in the crock-pot itself, like I did, or use a large mixing bowl first. Either way works.
Once that’s done, cook it on low for approximately four hours, or on high for two hours. You want to make sure all of the cheese melts and the dip is warmed evenly. I recommend stirring it a couple of times as it cooks, because the edges of the dip started to burn as it got closer to being done.
When the dip is ready, move it to a serving dish or bowl and enjoy! We ate ours with pita chips and it was delicious! Ryan even said it was the best spinach and artichoke dip he ever had. 🙂
This would make a great appetizer for any party or get-together! (The Super Bowl’s coming soon!!) It tastes great and is super easy to make—why not try it?!