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spinach artichoke dip in a cast iron skillet with bread on the side

Spinach Artichoke Dip (no mayonnaise)

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  • Author: Tara Smithson
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


This spinach artichoke dip is made without mayonnaise for the mayo haters. It is a creamy and cheesy recipe that is so hard to quit eating. This is the perfect appetizer idea to bring to a holiday party!


  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 strips of original bacon cut into 1/2 pieces
  • 1 (14 ounce ) can of quartered artichokes, drained
  • 2 ounces, or 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach with the stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup medium cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 8 ounce cream cheese brick
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper (optional)
  • Loaf of french bread, tortilla chips or pita bread for dipping


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Begin with a cast iron skillet on Medium Low heat. Add in the butter and allow it to melt. Toss in the shallot and bacon slices and cook for 5 minutes, until the bacon is just a bit crispy. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  2. Put the spinach into the pot and stir. Allow it to wilt for just about a minute.
  3. Sprinkle in the flour and stir for a minute. Turn burner down to low.
  4. Pour in the milk and stir well to incorporate.
  5. Add in the cream cheese and allow it to heat up. Take a wooden spoon and break it into pieces to allow the cream cheese to melt quickly.
  6. Once the cream cheese has melted down, add in the sour cream. Stir.
  7. Next add in drained artichokes.
  8. Finally, stir in the Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese, saving a tiny bit of it for topping. Stir in salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. If you would like a nice crispy cheesy top, broil for 3 minutes on high. Make sure to watch it to ensure it doesn't burn.
  9. Enjoy with warm french bread, pita bread, tortilla chips or anything this else. It doesn't matter what you put this dip on, it will be delicious!


Tip: I like to slice french bread up when the dip is cooking in the oven. Once the dip is done, I turn off the oven and place the french bread in to warm it up.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American