Cheesy Spinach Dip: a photo recipe

I am truly blown away by the amazing responses to yesterday’s post. Putting yourself out there can be such a risk…the fear of being judged by others…the vulnerability of exposing your own “issues” for all the world to read about…but your thoughtful, kind, and appreciative comments about what I shared overwhelmed me.  Thank you for reminding me that honesty is embraced, that blogging is far more rewarding than just recipe sharing & restaurant reviewing, and that the support and personal connections (with virtual strangers no less) are the reason we are such a unique community.

And now back to the food.

The other day I was practicing for my future role of wifey/hostess for the boys’ fantasy football draft.  I decided to class it up a bit…not that Doritos aren’t a winning option.  But I think my recipe was slightly better.  Vegan?  Not so much.  Obviously there’s a reason that cheesy spinach dip is called cheesy.  This recipe is not for those with dairy sensitivities (i.e. me).  But I know that it’s good based on the boys’ reactions, so here you go!










Cheesy Spinach Dip

  • 1 1/2 cup frozen spinach (thawed)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (I used Garlic Gold’s EVOO with organic garlic nuggets)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 clove minced garlic (I used Garlic Gold’s garlic nuggets)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated 4 cheese mix (cheddar, mozzarella, colby and monterey jack)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Mix everything together & set aside.



Remove the inner part of a few-day-old loaf of bread and add the dip.



Cut and save the inside of the loaf for later.


Bake in the oven for 12 minutes at 375 degrees.




Cut hash marks across the loaf to make it easier to snack.



Serve with the removed inner bread bites.




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Comments (8)

  1. Angharad

    Umm can we stop for a minute and just take in that sight?! Good lord Elise! Can you come over and bring me some? That amount of cheesy goodness is out of control in the best way possible. I’m so excited that I’m rambling.

    I realized yesterday that I got so caught up in emailing you that I forgot to comment on your post….so I’m gonna go back and do that now 🙂

  2. Leianna

    That dip and bread combo looks so good!
    I love bread so much, just looking at your pictures makes me crave it more!

  3. Ashley

    You are cooking up some great recipes in your new “normal sized” kitchen! Can’t wait to try them in my new “bigger than NYC” kitchen in London!

  4. The Pancake Girl

    I just found your blog and i have to say I absolutely love it- and that dip recipe! I’ve hopped from coast to coast as well, so I can relate. I’m in D.C. now but goooooooodness do I miss the west coast- esp Santa Monica!

    -Joelle (The Pancake Girl)

  5. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    doritos + cheezy dip = I have a vegan GF recipe for that. I call it spicy doritos cheezy dip and it satisfies the Doritos lover in us all, well most of us LOL

    Your last post about indulging, blogging about things, the whole bit…you must have been psychic b/c 2 days ago i blogged about drinking buttery nipple shots. Not vegan, alocholic, and has the word nipple in the name. It’s honest, it’s real life, it’s ok. Shedding the labels and enjoying life is much better than clinging to something just for name only. Trace dairy in a shot of bailey’s isnt going to send me into GI trouble so I partake.

    Anyway loved the post..have a great weekend hon!


  6. Courtney

    I loved your last post, btw…I am a bit behind on my blog reading 🙂 I think (and kind of know…I work with/counsel people on nutrition ever day!) that *everyone* has some issue around food, and a lot of people don’t listen to their bodies nearly as well as you do!

    I have a mean vegan spinach dip, just fyi. Let me know if you want the recipe!


  7. hippierunner

    That looks amazing! Did you base it off another recipe or did you make it up yourself? Either way, awesome! 🙂

  8. Jin

    This looks real gorgeous!! *Drooooooooooooooooooool

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