Dec 21, 2010

Hot Spinach Dip


This SKINNY spinach dip will be a hit at any party!


This lightened up cheesy spinach dip is perfect for any gathering. You can double or triple the recipe as needed.

My oldest daughter Karina loves this dip. I often made this for her as an after school snack. You can prepare this a day ahead and bake as needed. It can also be frozen before heating up if you want to prepare this a few days ahead.

Great for parties or

This SKINNY hot spinach dip is a HIT at any party!



Hot Spinach Dip
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 10 • Serving Size: 1/4 cup Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts

Calories: 92 • Fat: 7 g Carb: 3 g Fiber: 1 g Protein: 5 g 


Ingredients: 

  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and excess liquid squeezed out
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 5 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/4 cup scallion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup (4 oz) shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • fresh pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Place in an oven-proof dish and bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted. Serve right away.

Can be made one day in advance and stored in the refrigerator before baking. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

101 comments :

  1. You can also try doing a spinach dip with plain non-fat yogurt. It tastes just as decadent as sour cream varieties without the calories!

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  2. Thanks, yes, yogurt is also great in dips, although I prefer light sour cream in some dips, and yogurt in others. Just my preference.

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  3. If you have a small crock pot, you could cook it on high for 2 hours, then keep it on warm for your guests.

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  4. I am so drooling right now that looks SO YUMO!

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  5. Again, you are torturing me with this yummy goodness and with the pretzels..nommmy

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  6. I plan on finishing the week with some skinny dips!

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  7. Yum!! Can Greek yogurt be used to sub for the sour cream, and maybe even the mayo? I think that would bump up the protein! I just don't know how it would taste =/

    This looks gorgeous!

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  8. I'm sure it could, but... taste is a big factor, I'm not sure if it would alter the flavor.

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  9. I love spinach dips but do NOT eat mayo. Do you think it would be better to increase the light sour cream by 5 tbsp OR sub 5 tbsp low or non-fat greek yogurt? Points wise I wonder which is the better sub + which will give the right amount of richness and flavor?

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  10. Both would work fine, if you use yogurt, let me know how it tastes.

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  11. Both Spinach and Artichoke recipes look delicious... love your blog, sooo many good recipes!!

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  12. Hi Gina, I made the dip last night and my picky husband loved it. He took haft the dish to work last night saying “Men get 50 more points then Women right?” He is not even doing WW. LOL

    Tammy,

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  13. Ha ha!! My picky teen daughter loves this!!! She was very excited to eat this and she too took the rest to school the next day!

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  14. Thank you so much for keeping the old point values on your recipes! This looks delicious and I'm so excited to try it! :)

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  15. FUNNY YOU POSTED THIS - I WAS ACTUALLY ON THE HUNT FOR A SPINACH DIP TO MAKE THIS WEEKEND - I THINK YOU WERE READING MY MIND :) THANKS FOR POSTING

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  16. I absolutely LOVE this recipe. Thank you so much for posting this as a healthy holiday alternative.

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  17. I am making this TONIGHT

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  18. Made this for our family Christmas dinner as an appetizer. It was a huge hit and everyone loved it. This is a keeper!

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  19. Excellent! So happy you enjoyed it!

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  20. Gina, I just bought all the ingredients today and will make it tonight. I told my husband about it and he can't wait to come home for it!

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  21. Gina, we had this for our NYE celebration last night and it was SO good we had a hard time walking by it without dipping into it!!! DH loved it! The scallions, garlic and parmesan cheese really make it tasty!

    Thanks again for another great recipe!!!

    Andrea

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  22. Just made this last night, and it was beyond incredible!!! Unfortunately, I didn't have scallions, and I forgot to add fresh pepper, but it was still delicious! I still am in total disbelief that it's "light"! My boyfriend couldn't stop gobbling it up, either! He kept saying over and over, "You need to make this all the time. It kicks ass!" Thanks SO much for posting this! You're a genius!

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  23. I know, it really doesn't taste light!

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  24. I made this tonight and it was amazing! Thanks again!

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  25. Just made this...changed up some of the ingredients...fantastic dip...gonna make it for sunday's superbowl

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  26. Another amazingly delicious recipe! Just made it tonight and my husband loved it. Unfortunately, I didn't have light sour cream on hand so I used fat-free cream cheese but it was still delish. Will have to try it again next time with the sour cream.

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  27. I made this spinach dip for the Steeler playoffs, and everyone, I mean everyone, raved about it. I doubled the recipe, and am planning on doing the same for Superbowl. My friend sat at the table the whole time eating it by the spoonful. Super quick and easy. It was nice knowing there was something I could snack on throughout the game without feeling too guilty! Thanks Gina, your recipes rock!

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  28. I made this yesterday for the Superbowl and it was DELICIOUS!! Thank you for the lighter versions of yummy recipes. I am really happy with this!

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  29. Along with some other people, I also made this for the Super Bowl... and unfortunately it was SO GOOD that I ate half of it myself! My fiancée and I agree it is by far the best homemade hot spinach dip we have ever had!

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  30. Isn't this delicious!! You probably don;t want to eat the whole thing so make sure you have help eating this when you make it!

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  31. hi there! i dont know how to post this question without sounding st**pid. i always buy those pre-washed spinach leaves that are packed like those lettuce for salads. however, since i'm all alone in this WW thing, i almost always end up having a lot of extras on hand. in short, i cannot always consume them right before their expiration dates. so my question is, is there a way that i can use my spinach leaves (not frozen, as the recipe indicated) for this amazing recipe? thanks so much!

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  32. There are no stupid questions. Sure, you could steam the spinach, but a whole big bag shrinks down to nothing, so I warn you... you won't have enough to make this!

    Wen you have extra spinach, you could always wilt it as a hot side dish, saute a little garlic and oil, add the leaves and season w salt and pepper.

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  33. thanks so much, Gina! yep, i actually figured my *extra* wouldn't be enough, as they'll shrink (in a major way!lol) once wilted. good thing though, i browsed through your other recipes while waiting for a response, and realized i could do your lighter spinach frittata or the spinach lasagna rolls in the meantime. thanks again, and...im sure you already know, but your site is truly awesome!!! :)

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  34. I was wondering if there was a way to combine this with the Hot Artichoke dip? One of my favorites is the Spinach Artichoke dip at Chili's. I don't think it would be too hard but I thought I would get your opinion on how to do it and which ingredients would work best. Thanks for your help. Love your blog!

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  35. Absolutely, you can double this recipe, but instead of adding more spinach, add a can of drained artichokes (in water). It's delicious!

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  36. My husband brought home canned spinach instead of frozen. Would that taste OK? I've never used canned spinach....thought that was just for Popeye.

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  37. How much moisture can be left in the spinach? I keep sopping up the excess liquid with paper towels and although I have gotten a lot, there is still quite a bit of liquid in the spinach. I hope it doesn't ruin the finished product. : )

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  38. TL, you should be fine,

    Cinci- hmm, never used canned spinach either! Not sure how that would taste.

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  39. Recipe looks great, I've been stocking your site for a while now and basically everything looks great :)

    Would I be able to make this and freeze it for a later date? I would thaw it before cooking it in the oven.

    Justin

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  40. Thanks Justin

    I think freezing this, then putting it in the oven frozen a little longer of course will work just fine!

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  41. Made this for a my best friends bachorlette party last night and everyone loved it! no one knew that is was a light version but me =) worked to my advantage. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. it was AMAZING !!

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  42. Made this today and my husband I l loved it! Very Yummy!

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  43. I forgot to tell you that I used canned spinach and it tastes great! I've been subbing it for frozen a little bit lately (in things like baked ziti) and it tastes exactly the same.

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  44. I've never tried canned spinach, makes me think of popeye!! Good to know though!

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  45. This looks tasty. What do you use to dip into it?

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  46. I just made this and omg it was to die for. I subed in fresh spinach and instead of parm used low fat feta. Also being a garlic lover i used two cloves for a little extra oomph.

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  47. I substituted light cream cheese for the mayo and actually saved 100 calories! It gave it another layer of flavor. (5 Tbsp low fat mayo=250 cal where 5 Tbsp light cream cheese=150 cal!)

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  48. I made this today with Greek yogurt and it turned out great. I used 1/2 cup of mayo and 3 tbsp of the yogurt. Definitely a hit. Thanks for your great recipes!

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  49. Made this today for lunch :-) I only have one suggestion - when you make it, make sure and measure out your portion . . . if you eat it out of the dish, well, it will be gone. HA! This was fantastic!!!

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  50. I have made this before and it is AMAZING! Just like the 30 other recipes we have tried! I made this tonight for a party this weekend (haven't baked it yet) but I forgot to squeeze out the water. Is there any way to salvage it? Thanks Gina! Thanks, Katie

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  51. Oops! Maybe bake it a little longer.

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  52. Thought I would test it out and reheat tomorrow and it tasted good but not as good as normal so going to remake it. Thanks so much for the reply and for making such amazing recipes! Katie

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  53. Oh my YUM can I eat this with a spoon and only a spoon? Seriously, genius. Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes

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  54. I tried this out at a video game party on Saturday night--I only told the others that I would reveal my secret if they liked it. Well, after demolishing 3/4 of the dish, they certainly couldn't believe that it was so healthy!

    I couldn't find scallions at the store, and I did substitute light cream cheese for the mayo per some other suggestions, and it was excellent! Thank you!

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  55. I've never heard of that kind of cheese. May not be a Texas thing....Can I substiture another kind?

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  56. Hi Gina I tried this recipe last night and it was so good. My family loved it I added chicken to it though.

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  57. I posted a comment on the wrong dish. It was on the Bake Potato soup. I am going to try the spinach tonight.

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  58. Making this for tonight's New Year's Eve party! Can't wait to try it (and tell everyone that it's healthy)!

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  59. Where did you get those flat pretzel things? I saw this on Pinterest, and re-pinned it. I'm making it tonight and super psyched about the idea to use the small crock. I have one of those, which will be perfect!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  60. I made this...but I added whole wheat pasta and made it like mac & cheese...my family luv's it!!

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  61. This is amazing! I swapped out the mayo for low fat cream cheese (my husband and I both hate mayo with a passion, so we don't keep it in the house). PERFECT Super Bowl day food. Thanks!

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  62. I made this for Super Bowl. Loved it. You don't miss all the fat.

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  63. made this weekend in one of those little dip size crockpots, it barely just fit inside lol! this was so tasty but i had concerns about it actually being able to provide 10 quarter cup servings. i brought to a party so i have no way of knowing since not everyone was on a diet and took whatever size serving they wanted but it looked extremely small to produce that many.....i will make again someday and then measure out individual portions for me to snack on just to be sure. :)

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  64. I liked it it looks so yummy but I want to ask about the scallion what is it can you please explain it to me ?

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    1. Similar to green onions.

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  65. Jennifer Ball4/1/12, 8:30 AM

    Made this for a get-together last night! I added chopped artichokes! Not sure what it did to the calories, but I know it was delicious!!!

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  66. This sounds fabulous! Can't wait to try it, but is there a good substitute cheese for the parmiagiano reggiano? Not sure my store sells it, and I don't want to have to order it!
    I enjoy your recipes, thanks for helping me with my weight loss!

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  67. How much spinach would I need to use if using fresh instead of frozen?

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  68. I never knew spinach could be so versatile, this looks great!

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  69. This looks amazing, can't wait to try it!! I will probably add diced artichoke hearts to it as well!! I love spinach dip and can't wait to try this lightened up version!!! Thanks, Gina!!

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  70. If I do it in microwave, how much time I have to cook it?

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  71. Made this for dinner with crudites instead of chips/pretzels, and my kids and I loved it! Another bonus - two servings (1/2 cup) is only 5 points, not 6 like you would expect! Thanks Gina!

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  72. Delicious! Love it!

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  73. Made this today, hubby and I both loved it!

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  74. Gina-
    Parmigiano Reggiano is so hard to find at the grocery store and it is at least $6 plus! Is there a different kind of cheese that I can substitute?

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  75. Made this tonight for my family. SOOOO GOOD! I didn't have sour cream, so I used nonfat plain greek yogurt!

    Delicious!

    Thank you so mcuh!

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  76. So good! I made this for my family today. My sister said it tasted like spinach dip she orders at restaurants! Thanks for the recipe.

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  77. I made this for our New Year's Eve party last night and it was a hit! We served it with pita chips and completely cleaned the dish. This will be a go-to, thank you!

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  78. This is amazing and so easy to make! This morning, we mixed the leftovers with egg beaters for breakfast. YUM!

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  79. Making this Today!!! Love making something new, I love your'e blog!!!!

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  80. Making this Today!!! Love making something new, I love your'e blog!!!!

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  81. can you make iwth fresh spinich? why frozen?

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  82. As Gina said: Gina @ Skinnytaste2/10/11, 10:51 AM
    There are no stupid questions. Sure, you could steam the spinach, but a whole big bag shrinks down to nothing, so I warn you... you won't have enough to make this! My two cents: frozen is also cheaper and you get tons more for your money and it's frozen at it's peak of freshness.


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  83. Made this again last night for Super Bowl... My brother, who does not like Spinach, said it was the best item on the table! I warm it in a small crockpot for about an hr and a half, and it is perfection!
    Thank you for this!!!

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  84. Have you ever tried vegetarian "mayonnaise" in any of your recipes? Such as Vegenaise. I have a jar of it in my fridge that I would like to incorporate in a recipe or two.

    Thanks!!

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  85. I think this would be great to store in individual containers and heat them up throughout the week as wanted. Do you think this would freeze well? How long would it stay in the fridge?

    Thanks! Looks GOOD!

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  86. Made this dip for my dinner party yesterday and everyone loved it! Didn't taste like a healthier option. I still have some left so hoping I can freeze it as well?

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  87. I love hot spinach dip but never made it myself since the full fat version is, well, so full fat. So I'm so glad I found this recipe! Although I don't keep sour cream or mayo around, since nobody in my house is a huge fan. Instead, I subbed 1 cup fat free plain yogurt and 4 oz fat free cream cheese. Just as creamy and delicious, and still low cal!

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  88. This sounds really good! The pic that showed up on my Facebook page is rather unappealing though - I think it was a close-up of the second shot, very stringy.

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  89. I plan to add this to my New Year's Eve spread - looks delish!

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  90. Two great additions: chopped artichoke bottoms and/or chopped water chestnuts!

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  91. what is that delicious looking pretzel thing???

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    1. They are called "Pretzel Crisps" by Snack Factory...come in several different varieties but I used the original or classic flavor with ours last night. You might find them on the snack cracker aisle in your store.

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  92. Made this last night for New Year's Eve for my husband and myself and it was as good as it looked! Glad I tried it...another winner!

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  93. So good! I subbed cream cheese for the mayo (not a fan) and it was so creamy and delicious. I would definitely add artichoke hearts next time.

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  94. We made this to go along with some baked wings for football, and served with broccoli, carrots and baguette slices. Wonderful. Even better, I'm sure, with the pretzel crisps.

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