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Holiday Grinch Dip

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Grinch dip will leave you feeling anything BUT grinchy!  This delectable Whoville style treat is a hearty blend of artichoke hearts, spinach, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and seasonings all together in a cheesy, full flavor dish you’ll love time and again!

When I found out the kids were cramming for finals in their dorm and wanted some holiday-themed munchies, I threw this dish together in just a few minutes’ time, it was a HIT!

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How to Make Holiday Grinch Dip

The original recipe makes a hearty 9″x9″ pan, perfect for a family of four to six. The best part about this dip is that it freezes very well, and also doubles or triples well.  If you are so inclined, you can make several and freeze them for a quick appetizer that is ready to bake and serve!

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Drain the artichoke hearts thoroughly, then chop them coarsely, set aside.

chopped artichoke hearts

In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese and mayonnaise together. Do not be tempted to use Miracle Whip, it imparts a sicky sweet flavor that will likely not be enjoyable.  As you can see from the photos, if I am using my Kitchenaid mixer, I don’t even bother to cream the ingredients first.

add mayo to cream cheese

Add the Parmesan and Romano cheeses to the mixture.

add parmesan cheese to cream cheese mixture

Add the fresh minced garlic, if using; and salt.

season with salt

Add the remaining seasonings, you can add torn fresh basil if you happen to have some on hand. Luckily my plants are doing well this year and I’ve got an abundance growing in the kitchen.

add remaining seasonings

Add the (well-drained!) artichoke hearts and coarsey chopped spinach, folding into the seasoned cream cheese mixture.

spinach artichoke dip ingredients in mixing bowl

Prepare a baking dish by spraying it with nonstick spray or mist with olive oil. Then transfer the dip mixture into the dish, spreading it around evenly.

raw spinach artichoke grinch dip in baking dish

Top generously with shredded mozzarella cheese. If you want to add a bit of festive flair, you could top with a tablespoon or two of finely minced red bell pepper to adorn a bit of color!

top dip with shredded mozzarella cheese

Bake at 350ºF for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown, serve with tortilla chips.

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Holiday Grinch Dip

For a 9×9 Pan, You’ll Need:
1 cup chopped artichoke hearts (canned- well-drained or frozen & thawed & well-drained)
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well-drained
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 c. Regular Mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. grated Romano cheese
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1/4 c. Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
dash black pepper

In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese and mayonnaise, creaming them together until smooth. Add the Parmesan, Romano, garlic, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, garlic powder, salt mixing well. Add the (well-drained!) artichoke hearts and spinach, folding into the seasoned cream cheese mixture.

Spray a 9×9 baking pan with nonstick spray or olive oil, fill with the dip mixture and top generously with mozzarella.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown, serve with tortilla chips.

Serve hot with crackers, chips, or toasted pitas for dipping.

How to Make the Grinch Labels

The labels were created by printing a small graphic of the Grinch on a piece of green cardstock, that’s literally it! It took maybe 3 minutes to throw together.

By the way, this is a FANTASTIC Munchie for Movie Night! We recommend Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Holiday Grinch Dip

Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
The Grinch Dip Recipe is a hearty blend of artichoke hearts, spinach, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and seasonings all together in an easy-to-make cheesy dish you won't soon forget!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 285 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup artichoke hearts canned- well-drained or frozen & thawed & well-drained, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach thawed, well-drained
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup Regular Mayonnaise Not Miracle whip!
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • ¼ c. Romano cheese grated
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • ¼ cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 1 dash black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese and mayonnaise, creaming them together until smooth.
  • Add the Parmesan, Romano, garlic, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, garlic powder, salt mixing well. Add the (well-drained!) artichoke hearts and spinach, folding into the seasoned cream cheese mixture.
  • Spray a 9×9 baking pan with nonstick spray or olive oil, fill with the dip mixture and top generously with mozzarella.
  • Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown, serve with tortilla chips, pita chips, or cut vegetables

Notes

Serve hot with crackers, chips, or toasted pitas for dipping
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 9gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 838mgPotassium: 167mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 3727IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 241mgIron: 1mgNet Carbs: 5g
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