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A Winning Recipe from Downtown Disney District – Just in Time for the Big Game

posted on January 26th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


A Winning Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe from Downtown Disney District - Just in Time for Big Game Parties

Big Game parties are the perfect time for indulgent dips and fried things that we try to avoid with New Year’s resolutions. Well, at least this divine dip from the ESPN Zone in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has spinach and artichokes – and you can nibble with carrot and celery sticks (but it’s really delish on garlic bread).

Gooey, hot . . . it goes fast.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Makes 8 cups

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 cup diced onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups whole or 2% milk
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
2 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons hot sauce, such as Tabasco
8-ounce package cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened
2 1/2 (10-ounce) boxes frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 (14.5-ounce) cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup shredded mozzarella
Tortilla chips, carrot and celery sticks, garlic bread, for serving

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté 2 minutes.
  3. Add flour; cook for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly whisk in cream and milk, then bring to simmer, whisking often until sauce is thick and coats the back of a spoon.
  4. Add white pepper and Parmesan, stirring until well incorporated. Remove from heat. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire, and hot sauce. Mix well.
  5. Fold in cream cheese, stirring well until cream cheese is completely incorporated. Add spinach, stirring to combine. Add artichoke hearts, stirring gently so as not to break up the artichokes.
  6. Pour mixture into a 9×9-inch baking dish and sprinkle mozzarella evenly on top.
  7. Bake 15 minutes, or until cheese on top is completely melted and bubbling.
  8. Serve hot with tortilla chips, carrot and celery sticks, and/or garlic bread.
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7 Comments

1

Jeffrey from CA on January 26th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I don’t cook much but I am SO making this :)

2

Andrea from OH on January 27th, 2012 at 10:59 am

I don’t give a hoot about the Super Bowl but I am definitely making this! This looks awesome. Thanks for posting the recipe.

3

Kevin from FL on January 27th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I am kinda hungry now :)

4

AJ from TX on January 27th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

It has spinach, so it’s healthy! I’m on it! ;-)

5

Brooke on January 27th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

My husband is going to be so excited! This is always his late night snack after we leave the park!

6

Linda on February 5th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Sounds yummy, but what is the calorie count on this? Sounds like a lot with 1/2 stick of butter, cream and cheese. I’m guessing over 1000 calories.

7

Edward on February 5th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

This is DELICIOUS. My wife made it the other day – she doubled the recipe since most “dip” type things don’t make a lot – and we still have tons leftover! It’s the Disney Parks Blog entry that keeps on giving!

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