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Spinach Artichoke Dip with Shitake Mushrooms

Hot and Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip with Shitake Mushrooms – the mushrooms take this ubiquitous dip up a delicious notch!

Hot and Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip with Shitake Mushrooms - the mushrooms take this ubiquitous dip up a delicious notch!

Yesterday was all about football. At least it was supposed to be; we thought the Packer game would be on but we were sorely mistaken. I had friends over, along with my parents, for brunch that turned into an all-day affair. Those are the best kind of days!

Saturday (the day before) was my birthday. I met my parents at Aldie Day, a small festival in the heart of my Northern VA “hometown”. It’s always a ton of fun and my girls won’t miss it for anything. There are booths with handmade and vintage items for sale, lots of great food and – my favorite part – Civil War “soldiers” in uniform. It’s the best!

Before we left, I prepped a pitcher of Bloody Mary’s for the next day’s brunch. My parents came back with me and stayed with the girls so I could head out with some friends for my birthday. My mom loves Bloody Mary’s so I had to whip up a batch of good ones for her. They were AWESOME (recipe coming soon)!

After our brunch was over, it was time for the Redskins game. We were full from eggs, homemade pork sausage, Bacon Bloody Mary’s, cinnamon rolls and coffee cake…but I HAD to make some football food. You simply CANNOT watch football without a beer and some dip. It’s UN-AMERICAN.

I decided to take a walk to the store and pick up ingredients for my Spinach Artichoke Dip, which is PERFECT football food. While I was there, I had the idea to add some shitake mushrooms with turned out to be a smashing idea! I LOVED this dip and so did everyone else! I also made a few other minor changes: upped the garlic and cooked it with the mushrooms and swapped out some of the mayo for sour cream. It was so CHEESY and GOOEY…just like Spinach Artichoke Dip should be!

Hot and Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip with Shitake Mushrooms - the mushrooms take this ubiquitous dip up a delicious notch!

{Note: Any type of mushroom would be good in this Spinach Artichoke Dip, so use your favorite!}

Hot and Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip with Shitake Mushrooms - the mushrooms take this ubiquitous dip up a delicious notch!

Hot and Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip with Shitake Mushrooms

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Ingredients

  • 1 T canola oil
  • 16 oz shitake mushrooms, stems removed and chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 8 oz mayonnaise
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, NOT bottoms, drained, patted dry and chopped
  • 1 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed thoroughly to remove excess water
  • 8 oz finely shredded mozzarella or jack cheese
  • 8 oz shredded parmesan
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 1/2 t coarsely ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Preheat a skillet over high heat and add canola oil. Add shitake mushrooms and cook until any water has been released and evaporated and mushrooms are golden brown. Reduce heat to medium-low and add garlic; cook for 2 minutes longer, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly combine cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise. Stir in remaining ingredients until well-mixed. Dip can be refrigerated at this point for up to 24 hours before baking; bring back to room temperature then continue with step 4.
  4. Bake dip in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.
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Christine from Cook the Story

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

I love the addition of mushrooms to this dip recipe. I could pretty much eat it straight from the bowl for lunch!

Holly | Twisted Tastes

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

I love small town festivals like the one you went to. We used to live in Ranson, WV (hear Harpers Ferry). It reminded me of walking downtown there, taking pictures. Also, your artichoke dip looks muy bueno! I have trouble making it in my house. I'm the only one that will eat it...and I'll eat the whole batch if not careful. Cheers! -Holly

sue|theviewfromgreatisland

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

I could just fall into a vat of that dip and die happy...kind of gross, but true ;)

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