I love spinach and artichoke dip, but hate the fat... I came up with this fast and easy recipe that tastes great, is easy to put together, low in fat but big on taste! Flavored with roasted red peppers and Parmesan cheese, no yicky mayo here! Makes enough for a large crowd. Can be made in the microwave for even faster preparation. Also delicious served cold. Note: recipe can be made with fat-free marinade artichokes, I usually buy two small jars, adds a little extra zing! WW points = 1/serving
- Preheat oven to 375F and lightly spritz a shallow baking dish (1.5-2qt) with cooking spray (Pam).
- Using food processor, mix light cream cheese, sour cream and artichoke hearts by pulsing until even consistency.
- Add roasted bell pepper and Parmesan cheese and pulse until creamy.
- To bake dip: Place mixture into prepared baking dish; add spinach and stir until combined.
- Bake for 25 minutes, stirring half way through.
- Dip is done when browned and bubbly around the edges.
- To keep warm, lower temperature in oven to 250F and stir every 10 minutes until dip is served.
- For microwave directions: Place mixture into microwave safe dish (1.5-2qt), add spinach and stir until combined.
- Cover with plastic wrap, leaving room for steam to escape.
- Microwave on HIGH for 7 minutes or until dip is hot and boiling on the sides - microwaves vary, check often.
- Mix well before serving.
The only change I made was sun-dried tomatoes instead of roasted red peppers. I used about half as much, fearing that the denseness of the tomatoes might over power the dish but I could have used more as it was very subtle. BTW, I live in Europe where neufchatel cheese is something quite different from what it is in North America. For all of you living in the rest of the world, it's light cream cheese.
What a treat to get a low fat version of an old favorite! Thanks Brooke it was gone before I knew it! The only problem I had was that the food processor took away the typical chunkiness of the traditional version of this dip. I will definitely make again, but next time will experiment without the food processor.
I made this last night and it was SO good! Four people nearly polished it off by themselves--and no one even knew it was low-fat. It was great with veggies, bread, and pretzels, delicious hot or cold, and ridiculously easy to make. (One note: When I was mixing everything together, I was worried it was too liquidy. That was not the case at all--it sets as it cooks--so don't worry as you're making it!)