Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

I was seriously craving spanakopitas and was set to make them until CK reminded me that phyllo probably isn't the healthiest thing, if I was planning on eating it in large quantities. I thought about it, whined a little, but agreed with him in the end. Now, phyllo itself is not all that bad for you. It is made of flour, water, and a little bit of oil...harmless right? But, most of the recipes I saw required me to butter the phyllo pastry before filling it with spinach and feta. That, I guess, is the unhealthy part.

After sleeping on the idea, I woke up with a revelation. I was going to make the spanakopitas in dip form! The phyllo pastry simply got replaced with whole wheat baguette, and I added artichokes and other herbs into the dip for more flavor. It turned out awesome, and my family thoroughly enjoyed the dip.

This recipe yields 4 cups.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- 312g (11 oz.) baby spinach, roughly chopped
- 1 (398 ml) can of artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
- 6 scallions, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/2 lb (0.23kg) of light feta, crumbled
- 4 Tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
- 3 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
- 5 Tbsp of low fat plain yogurt
- 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F/175C.

2. Make sure the vegetables and herbs are dry before chopping them. This is to avoid the dip being too watery. In a lightly oiled pan, sautee the garlic for about 30 seconds. Add in the spinach, dill, scallions and mint, and sautee for approx 3-5 minutes or until the veggies have wilted. Remove from pan and drain any excess liquid.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the wilted vegetables, crumbled feta, and artichokes. Add in salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Transfer the spinach and artichoke mixture into a baking dish, and bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes.

4. Right before serving, stir in the yogourt and lemon juice. Mix well and serve.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip


that looks super yummy. I love artichoke dip. thanks for the recipe.

ooooh... a Greek recipe! i love Greek food! so about the butter issue, hubby uses olive oil rather than butter to brush onto the phyllo sheets... it's healthier and tastier.

Yum! I'm going to make this for my next party!
p.s. I am coming to Ottawa for a couple of days next week and staying at the Lord Elgin -- any recommendations for restaurants for dinner on a Sunday night within walking distance? I'll be dining with two of my old girlfriends from high school and they can't think of a place. So I said I would ask you as you are now my go-to Ottawa restaurant expert!

When we were in high school and university we used to always go to chainy type places together like Mexicali Rosa's, but now that we are much older and semi-more refined we are a lot more adventurous.

Thanks in advance.

Jenny T,
Welcome back to Ottawa! There is a great sushi restaurant a few minutes from your hotel called Genji. It is on 175 Lisgar. If you don't mind walking about 15 minutes to Murray Street, there are a bunch of great restaurants there. Sweetgrass Bistro was featured on NY Times and serves Cdn aboriginal food. I also really like Navarra and Murray Street Restaurant. I'll let you know if I can think of other must-try restaurants closer to your hotel.

If you have a car, you should try the molecular gastronomy restaurant, Atelier. It's about a 7-8 minute drive from your hotel. I've been dreaming about going back...

Jenny T,
Just re-read your comment. Atelier and Navarra are closed on Sundays.

Ooohhh... thanks for the great suggestions. I definitely want to try Sweetgrass Bistro -- one of my hubbie's friends was raving about the bison and boar when he was visiting us several months ago, but I couldn't remember the name of the restaurant. Thanks!

I'll also have to make an obligatory stop at Elgin Street Diner while I'm there because in my younger days when I wasn't worried about weight gain, I would eat my second dinner there on Friday nights in the form of "the big breakfast". I love breakfast for dinner #2!

Jenny T,
The boar at Sweetgrass is really good! It is one of my favorite dishes there.

Ah yes, the good ol days. I also really like the poutine at Elgin Street Diner. Wish I could eat it without feeling guilty.

What a great take on a spinach and artichoke dip!