This spinach dip is the last of the “holiday foods” posts, and I had to share it with you today in case you’re looking for an easy appetizer for a New Year’s Eve party tomorrow night! I’ve made spinach dips before, but the fact that this one is in a crock pot really caught my attention. I’ve made it a couple times for various parties this season and it seems fail-proof! The only way you can mess this up is to leave it in the crock pot for 8 hours without stirring it. Don’t ask me how I know that to be true…
Anyway, back to the recipe. Like the title suggests, this is EASY. Once you round up your ingredients, you combine them all in the crock pot and let the heat do the rest. It does take a few hours to get everything nice and melted, so make sure to give it a stir about every hour.
One important note: the milk measurement is an estimate. Start with 1 cup and feel free to add more if it’s too thick. Depending on how well you drained the spinach it may not require extra milk. It’s also a matter of personal preference as far as how runny you want your dip to be. And, if you add too much, don’t worry–it will likely get absorbed and/or evaporated via the heat of the crock pot anyway. Just remember you don’t want spinach soup! : ) This recipe is very resilient so feel free to play around with it!
Let’s take one more look at that gooe-y goodness! Yum.
Easy Crock Pot Spinach Dip
- 1 10 oz packet of frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
- 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, cut into cubes
- 8 oz shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup milk (I used skim) + more if necessary
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (I bumped this up to 1/2 tsp for added kick!)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- cooking spray
1) Spray your crock pot with cooking spray. Combine all the ingredients in the crock pot. Cover and set on low for 1 1/2 hours. Stir. Add additional milk if necessary (see post for details).
2) Cover and cook for an additional 1-2 hours, or until cheese is melted.
Recipe adapted from: http://crockpotladies.com/recipe-categories/dips/crockpot-warm-spinach-dip/
It’s very tricky to figure out exactly how many servings this makes, so I will not include an nutritional information on this post. But, as you can probably tell, this is not exactly “health food”, so consume in moderation!