Creamy Spinach Dip with Parmesan Topping

Thi baked Creamy Spinach Dip is a classic everyone loves. Especially me. This version doesn’t have artichokes, but you won’t miss them.

This isn’t just any dip; it’s a creamy, savory blend hidden beneath a golden, crusty Parmesan topping. The secret to success is squeezing the spinach dry to get the perfect texture – rich and never watery.

Another close-up of a chip with spinach Parmesan dip, highlighting the cheesy strings as the dip is pulled away.

Spinach Dip with Crusty Parmesan Topping

A mix of spinach and cheeses into a warm, gooey dip topped with a crunchy Parmesan layer, perfect for sharing.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings

Ingredients 

Dip

  • 1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese divided
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional

Parmesan Topping

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs

Instructions 

  • Prep Spinach: Thaw the frozen chopped spinach and squeeze out excess water thoroughly.
  • Sauté Veggies: In a skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, sautéing until softened and fragrant. Remove from heat.
    A skillet with sautéed onions and garlic, ingredients for the base of the spinach dip.
  • Combine Dip Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, sour cream, 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, sautéed onion and garlic, spinach, black pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes (if using).
    pan with a mixture of spinach, cheeses, and seasoning, ready to be spread into a baking dish.
  • Bake the dip: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Transfer the spinach mixture to a baking dish, spreading evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the dip is bubbling.
    A spinach Parmesan dip before baking, in a white dish showing the creamy mixture of spinach and cheeses.
  • Prepare Parmesan Topping: Melt butter in a small bowl. Add the Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and mozzarella for the topping
    An overhead shot of melted butter in a blue bowl next to shredded Parmesan cheese, ready to be mixed.
  • Assemble and Broil: Add topping and broil on low 3-4 minutes
    A spinach Parmesan dip before baking, in a white dish showing the creamy mixture of spinach and cheeses.
  • Serve: Allow the dip to cool slightly before serving. This dish is best enjoyed warm.

Notes

You can adjust the ratio of Parmesan to breadcrumbs in the topping based on your preference for cheesiness or crunchiness.


Oh, this Spinach Dip recipe? It’s an absolute game-changer in my house. We’re all about those cozy, comfort food vibes, especially when it involves cheese. There’s just something about gathering around a warm, bubbly dip that makes us feel right at home.

Dip Tips

  • Draining Spinach: Make sure to squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the thawed spinach. Use a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth to do this. Excess water can make the dip too runny.
  • Cheese Choices: Use freshly shredded cheese rather than pre-shredded varieties. Pre-shredded cheese often contains anti-caking agents that can affect the smoothness of your dip.
  • Baking Time: Oven temperatures can vary, so start checking the dip a few minutes before the recipe’s suggested bake time. Look for a bubbly center and a golden-brown crust as signs of doneness.
  • Bread Crumb Texture: If you prefer that extra crunch, panko bread crumbs can give the topping a crunchier texture than regular bread crumbs.

Key Ingredients and Tools

For this Longhorn-Inspired Spinach Dip, the magic is in the mix of ingredients you choose. While most are straightforward, a few are key to getting that restaurant-quality taste right in your own kitchen.

  • Frozen Chopped Spinach. You can find this in the frozen vegetables section of your grocery store, and it’s a convenient and consistent choice for dips. The dense, leafy texture is crucial to getting the dip just right, which fresh spinach doesn’t always provide after cooking down.
  • Cream Cheese. Look for this in the dairy aisle; it’s the creamy base of the dip. This is the creamy base of the dip, and no other cheese provides the same richness and smooth texture when melted.
  • Sour Cream. You can also find this in the dairy aisle. This adds tang and creaminess. Greek yogurt could be a healthier substitute if needed.
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese. You’ll find this in the cheese section, and it’s better to shred your own for the freshest flavor and best melting qualities.
  • Unsalted Butter. Essential for sautéing and found in the dairy section, it adds richness without additional salt, allowing you to control the seasoning of your dip.

In the kitchen, having the right tools is just as crucial as the ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Skillet. This is perfect for sautéing garlic and onions, which brings out their flavors and is a foundational step for the dip.
  • Mixing Bowl. A large one is necessary to combine your ingredients thoroughly, making sure an even distribution of flavors.
  • Baking Dish. Preferably ceramic or glass for even heat distribution, which is vital for achieving that perfectly golden and bubbly top without overcooking the edges.
  • Cheese Grater. Freshly grated cheese melts better and tastes fresher, making your dip creamier and more flavorful.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons. Accuracy with measurements keeps the flavors balanced, so your dip turns out perfect every time.

Make sure these tools are at the ready to create a spinach dip that’s sure to impress with its creamy texture and rich taste.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with chips, homemade crostini, or sliced raw cucumbers and bell peppers

Troubleshooting and Help

Can I make this dip ahead of time?

Absolutely! Assemble the dip, cover it, and keep it in the fridge. Just add a few extra minutes to the baking time since you’ll be starting from a colder temperature.

Is there a non-dairy alternative I can use?

For sure! There are plenty of non-dairy cream cheese and sour cream options out there. Just check the consistency as some might be a bit thinner.

What size baking dish should I use?

A standard 8-inch square dish works great. If you use something larger, the dip layer will be thinner and might cook quicker, so just keep an eye on it.

Storing Leftovers

In the Fridge:

  • To store the leftover spinach dip, let it cool to room temperature first. Then, transfer it to an airtight container and pop it into the refrigerator. It’ll keep well for up to 3 days

Freezing:

  • If you’re planning to freeze it, here’s what to do: Place the cooled dip in a freezer-safe container or wrap the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. Label it with the date, and you can freeze it for up to 2 months.
  • When you’re ready to enjoy it again, thaw the dip in the refrigerator overnight. Then, warm it up in the oven at 350°F until it’s heated through and bubbly. A microwave works, too, but be careful not to overdo it, or the cheeses might separate. If the dip was frozen and seems a bit watery after thawing, a quick stir before reheating should help.

More Appetizers to Love

We love to do an appetizer night for dinner, and we’ll usually pick about three of these favorites.

Remember, good food is all about the love and care you put into it, and this recipe is a perfect example of that. So why not give it a shot? Go ahead, gather your ingredients, and get ready to serve up some warmth and deliciousness. Enjoy your cooking, and most importantly, enjoy the smiles and satisfaction this dip will bring to your friends and family.

Happy dipping!

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