As much as I love coming up with new and creative appetizers, there’s no denying that classic recipes are classics for a reason. They’re the type of dishes that have weathered generations of picky eaters and are still made at next year’s Christmas party.
And one of my absolute favorite classic recipes?
Creamy spinach dip.
You can’t get much more classically crowd-pleasing than that.
Plus, the ingredients in this recipe are simple, which is what I love most about it.
All of the ingredients can be bought in advance and either refrigerated or frozen until ready to use. No need to stress about anything perishable that always seems to be past it’s prime when you’re ready to use it (story of my life lately).
And as an added bonus, this recipe also uses Shamrock Farms Sour Cream, my absolute favorite brand for making dips.
I love that every Shamrock Farms product begins with pure, fresh, nutritious milk with no added growth hormones, and that all products go through rigorous purity testing. They’re cold packaged and shipped to arrive fresh, fast, and delicious, which makes a huge difference in simple recipes like this one.
The smooth and creamy texture of Shamrock Farms Sour Cream is what help make this dip the perfect party food for any event.
Be sure to collect your dip bowl at the end of the night, cause I guarantee you all of this dip will be long gone!
What kind of bread is good with spinach dip?
I personally like to use sliced french bread, but other popular types are Hawaiian (for a sweet and savory mix) and sourdough. You can also use all sorts of crackers or pretzels for this dip.
Can you freeze spinach dip?
One of the most common questions I get about party dips is whether or not you can make them in advance. Since it’s easier to prepare treats for a party the night before than scrambling to get everything done the day of the event, I can totally understand why someone would want to do this.
The good news is that the answer to this question is almost always yes, and that is the case for this dip.
In fact, you can store this dip either before or after it’s been baked, making it easy to ensure none of it ever goes to waste.
To refrigerate this dip: Add dip to a bowl with a sealable lid. Secure lid and store in the refrigerator for up to four days. When ready to serve, follow the regular recipe instructions for baking the dip.
To freeze this dip: Add dip to a bowl with a sealable lid. Secure lid and store in the freezer for one to three months. Before baking, let dip thaw in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to serve, follow the regular recipe instructions for baking the dip.
How long can you leave out a party dip?
Whenever you serve a “help yourself” dish like a party dip, you should always keep track of how long it sits at room temperature.
For most foods, the general rule of thumb is that a perishable item should not be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours. And by “danger zone”, this is usually at or just above room temperature.
Since this dip will be served warm, that should give you another 30-60 minutes before needing to keep track of the dip. So, in total, this dip can be left out for an absolute maximum of three hours, depending on the temperature of the room. However, be sure to still check the dip every now and then and make your best judgment.
Once you pass the recommended time, you can heat it up in the oven again.
For best results, I’d recommend using a warming tray so that the creamy spinach dip stays warm and above the “danger zone” temperature.
Notes & tips for this spinach dip
- As mentioned in the post, I highly recommend using Shamrock Farms Sour Cream. I use this brand for all my party dips!
- Like the baking dish used in the photo? I got it at IKEA!
Other tasty savory dips
How do you make hot spinach dip?
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
I’ve seen some recipes for spinach dip that require a lot of active time, with elaborate ingredients, overcomplicated instructions, and cooking on the stovetop. And while none of that is a “bad” thing, I personally like to take a more hands-off approach when I want to serve a hot dip.
For this recipe, you only need to do two things: thoroughly mix all ingredients together and bake them in a dish. Really, that’s it! It will probably take you longer to cut the french bread than it will to get the dip ready for serving.
Plus, this method is ideal for a party, because if the dip ever gets too cold you can pop it back in the oven for 5 minutes to bring it back to melted cheesy goodness.
Check out just how easy it is below!
Step 1 – In a large bowl, add sour cream and cream cheese, then mix until smooth and creamy.
Step 2 – Add spinach, Monterrey Jack cheese, Parmesan cheese, dried minced onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, then use a spatula to fold and mix everything together.
Step 3 – Transfer the dip to a wide, shallow baking dish, smoothing out the top so that it’s an even layer.
Step 4 – Bake!
Step 5 – Serve dip with toasted bread for dipping.
Step 6 – Enjoy!
Creamy Spinach Dip
This crowd-pleasing party dip is a creamy blend of sour cream, cream cheese, spinach, and various cheeses and served with bread for dipping.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Add spinach, Monterey jack cheese, Parmesan cheese, dried chopped onion, garlic, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to bowl, then stir until thoroughly combined.
Transfer spinach dip to a small baking dish and smooth it out to an even layer.
Bake spinach dip for 10 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.
Serve spinach dip immediately with cut french bread for dipping.