When I was growing up in Apple Valley, my dad was the pastor of a Lutheran church. That meant Christmas Eve was a late night of church services. I remember watching the line of church members wishing my dad a Merry Christmas and waiting for it to end so we could head home to set up a buffet of appetizers and open presents. To this day, cheese boards, shrimp cocktail, various dips, little smokies in a slow cooker, and the pickled herring only my dad would eat sounds like the perfect Christmas “dinner.” I’ve been making this dip since I started hosting my own holiday gatherings.
Spinach Artichoke Dip (makes 12 servings)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
½ cup sour cream
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup shredded Muenster cheese
4 cloves garlic, minced
112-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
½ of a 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, and squeezed dry
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
1. Heat the oven to 350°F.
2. Mix ½ cup of the mozzarella and ¼ cup of the Parmesan in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl, then spoon into a 1½-quart baking dish. Top with the remaining cheeses and another crack of pepper.
4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes until the top is golden brown and bubbling.