The New Year is just around the corner which means it’s time for finger-foods and appetizers! One of the best New Year celebrations I ever had was one where we had friends over and did a countdown with appetizers. Every hour from 6 til midnight we’d bring out a different goodie for everyone to munch on. We played games, pool, and ping pong in between the dishes to work off the calories. By the time midnight rolled around we were full of laughs and good food; just the way a new year should start! Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip is one of the best appetizers you can serve because it stays warm in the Crockpot, tastes delicious atop nearly anything, and takes about 2 ounces of energy to make. Just beware, once you take a bite, it will be nearly impossible to stop. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
You’ll just need to throw the following ingredients into a Crockpot and turn it on LOW:
16 oz of cream cheese at room temperature
16 oz frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
3/4 cup half and half
15 oz can of artichokes, chopped and drained
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
12 oz bottle of mild salsa verde
Cook the mixture on LOW for 2 hours or until the cheese is thoroughly melted. If you’re home at the time, give it a stir or two.
I usually serve Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip right out of the slow cooker because I can keep it warm all night for guests. However, I have three little munchkins who are expert double-dippers, so sometimes I serve them their own small portion in a ramekin. This is also a good way to siphon the Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip…it has a way of disappearing very quickly!
I usually serve the dip with tortilla chips, pita chips, or sourdough bread chunks. The tortilla chips are the most frugal option and can conveniently sit in a bowl nearby that is easy to refill. Now, let me be honest for a second. The reason this Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip is so delicious is because it is in no way a health food option. It’s the kind of dip you splurge on, knowing you’ll work it off in your New Year’s resolution. So if you want to get started on healthier choices before the clock strikes 12, you may want to try my Reduced Calorie Spinach Artichoke Dip. It too is easy to make and is so delicious that hardly anyone can tell it is missing a third of the calories.
For more appetizer ideas, you may want to try these super popular Pepperoni Pinwheels or Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs. There are also 6 irresistible dips that you may want to check out if you’re going to have a party anytime soon. Whatever you do, I hope you have a happy cooking experience and a wonderful New Year!
- 16 oz cream cheese at room temperature
- ¾ cup half and half
- ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 16 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 15 oz can artichokes, chopped and drained
- 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
- 12 oz bottle prepared mild salsa verde
- Put all of the ingredients into a slow cooker.
- Mix the ingredients until incorporated.
- Cook covered on LOW for 2 hours or until cheese is thoroughly melted.
- Serve warm with tortilla chips, pita chips, or sourdough bread chunks.