Hot Cheesy Spinach Dip with Bacon

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With cold fronts coming in at their blusteriest and invitations arriving in every mailbox, we get ready for our holiday parties and family gatherings, and again we rifle through our recipe boxes for a hot appetizer to take to that next get together.  Try this appetizer at your next holiday gathering to warm up the party.

I brought this Hot Cheesy Spinach Dip with Bacon to my dad’s Thanksgiving get together and before I could even grab my camera to snap a shot, it was nearly 1/4 gone! It should almost be renamed Vanishing Spinach Bacon Dip. Maybe it’s the loads of rich flavorful cheese or zesty garlic. Or maybe it’s the yummy spinach or savory crispy bacon. Either way, it’s delicious!

This recipe take just minutes to throw together, especially if you have leftover crumbled bacon lying around. (Gasp! Did she just say leftover bacon???) I know right, like THAT ever happens.

Okay, so let’s first make some bacon, and then lets make some dip 😉 This recipe actually makes a double batch to divide into two 2 quart casserole dishes. Make some now and freeze some for later, or make two to take to two parties, as I typically do.

Hot Cheesy Spinach Dip with Bacon Ingredients Needed:
12 oz bacon
1 pound bag frozen chopped spinach
2 – 8oz packages Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
2 cups monterrey cheddar cheese blend, shredded
6 oz shredded parmesan cheese
1 1/3 cups Best Foods Mayonnaise with Olive Oil
4-5 cloves garlic, pressed
1 Tb whole grain mustard
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 400F.

First cook the bacon until very crisp. Drain well and crumble. Reserve 1/3 of it for garnish.

Thaw and drain the spinach in a colander. In a large stand mixer or by hand, combine the cream cheese and garlic. Add the shredded cheeses, mustard and spices. Mix in the spinach and finally 2/3 of the crumbled bacon

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Pour mixture into two each 2 quart casserole dishes or 8×8 inch square dishes, or one 13×9 inch casserole.

Bake in oven at 400F for 15-20 minutes, until browned and bubbling.

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Sprinkle with reserved crumbled bacon.

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Serve with vegetables such as carrots or celery stick, tortillas chips, crackers, or spread onto pita bread.

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Optionally you can serve this inside a bread bowl and dip the bread pieces as well.

We like ours with crackers and chips. Even the finicky sharks love this stuff!

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Thanks sis for being my hand model!

Hot Cheesy Spinach Dip with Bacon

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Number of servings: 64

Per Serving 101 calories

Fat 10 g

Carbs 1 g

Protein 3 g

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Hot Cheesy Spinach Dip with Bacon

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 3

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz package bacon
  • 1 pound bag frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 - 8oz packages Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups monterrey cheddar cheese blend, shredded
  • 6 oz shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/3 cups Best Foods Mayonnaise with Olive Oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 Tb shallots, chopped
  • 1 Tb whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. First cook the bacon until very crisp. Drain well and crumble. Reserve 1/3 of it for garnish.
  3. Thaw and drain the spinach in a colander. In a large stand mixer or by hand, combine the cream cheese and garlic and shallots. Add the shredded cheeses, mustard and spices. Mix in the spinach and finally 2/3 of the crumbled bacon
  4. Pour mixture into two each 2 quart casserole dishes or 8×8 inch square dishes, or one 13×9 inch casserole.
  5. Bake in oven at 400F for 15-20 minutes, until browned and bubbling.
  6. Sprinkle with reserved crumbled bacon.

Notes

Serve with vegetables such as carrots or celery stick, tortillas chips, crackers, or spread onto pita bread. Optionally you can serve this inside a bread bowl and dip the bread pieces as well. This recipe actually makes a double batch to divide into two 2 quart casserole dishes. Make some now and freeze some for later, or make two to take to two parties, as I typically do. *Each serving is about 1/4 cup.

How will you enjoy your Christmas and New Year’s holidays? Do you have a favorite VANISHING appetizer you like to bring to family gatherings?

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