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Roasted Garlic and Bacon Spinach Dip.

Creamy warm spinach dip made with roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and parmesan cheese. This dip was gone in minutes. Do yourself a favor and double the recipe!

Creamy warm spinach dip made with roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and parmesan cheese. This dip was gone in minutes! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com
Let me begin by telling you that the entire time I was making this dip last weekend, I was singing “when I dip you dip we dip” out loud, by myself, in the kitchen. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, Da Dip is a 90s song by Freak Nasty.

I… don’t know what to say. Let’s change the subject immediately.

Last summer, I began working with Safeway on a few collaborations. They asked me to make a couple recipes using some of my favorite products from their grocery aisles. I made these chicken bites, then these ridiculously easy chocolate treats, and now… this dip to serve with pita chips. To be honest, I had no idea Nabisco Wheat Thins made pita crackers because I hadn’t seen them at any other grocery yet. I love their sundried tomato & basil crackers, so I had high hopes for Toasted Pita Crackers. The verdict? Love ’em. We all did.

Creamy warm spinach dip made with roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and parmesan cheese. This dip was gone in minutes! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Creamy warm spinach dip made with roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and parmesan cheese. This dip was gone in minutes! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

So, about this seriously cheesy dip. I made it for a crowd last Saturday afternoon. A few friends, a lot of laughs (I admitted my “da dip”-ing), and a whole lot of spinach dip. My only regret is not doubling the recipe. Seriously!

I’m not going to take the credit for it. It was all Kevin. I’m sure you aren’t surprised. His favorite food is meat. Not a particular kind, just meat. Never one to turn down some crispy bacon, I rolled with the idea. As it turns out, Kevin has thought up a few of my most popular recipes. Team work.

This dip is every bit as good as it sounds. No, it’s even better than that. Roasted garlic, crispy bacon, creamy spinach dip, lots of cheese. It’s like your regular ole’ version of warm spinach dip, just turned up a notch. The roasted garlic and bacon are game changers. We served this up and it was instantly gone. None of us said anything for about 2 minutes straight. Just eating spinach dip and crunching on pita chips.

Creamy warm spinach dip made with roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and parmesan cheese. This dip was gone in minutes! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Making the spinach dip is dangerously simple and begins with roasted garlic, one of my favorite flavors in the savory world. It’s where a lot of the dip’s flavor comes from, so don’t leave it out.

Cook up some bacon until nice and crispy, then wilt down some fresh spinach in the leftover bacon grease. More flavor, of course.

How to Make Roasted Garlic Bacon Spinach Dip

Creamy warm spinach dip made with roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and parmesan cheese. This dip was gone in minutes! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Crumble the bacon and add most of it, along with all the wilted spinach, to a creamed mixture of cream cheese, Greek yogurt, parmesan cheese, and mayonnaise. Sour cream can be used instead of the yogurt. I used low fat mayonnaise, which I do not enjoy on its own but do not mind it in creamy dips like this. For the best flavor and texture, I recommend full fat cream cheese. No diets allowed in these ramekins.

You can use a large serving dish or pan to bake the spinach dip, but I used individual ramekins for a nice little change. They made serving and eating the dip a little more fun. I realize how boring I sound.

Before going into the oven, top with some shaved parmesan cheese and remaining crumbled bacon. Bake until the cheese is bubbly and your kitchen smells fantastic.

Creamy warm spinach dip made with roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and parmesan cheese. This dip was gone in minutes! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

IT IS SO GOOD.

Creamy warm spinach dip made with roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and parmesan cheese. This dip was gone in minutes! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Roasted Garlic and Bacon Spinach Dip

Creamy warm spinach dip made with roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and parmesan cheese. This dip was gone in minutes. Do yourself a favor and double the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 5 slices bacon
  • 4 cups fresh spinach1
  • 8 ounces brick-style cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt or sour cream (I used low fat Greek)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, or to taste
  • 2-3 cloves roasted garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese (shredded works too!)
  • for serving: NABISCO Wheat Thins Toasted Pita Crackers, chips, carrots, celery, etc.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Turn off the heat, leave the grease in the pan, and transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Set bacon aside.
  3. Wilt the spinach in the still-warm skillet for a minute or two. Set aside.
  4. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, yogurt, and mayonnaise together on medium-high speed until creamy and smooth. Add the shredded parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and roasted garlic. Beat on high speed until combined. Taste; add more salt or pepper if desired. Crumble up 4 slices of bacon and add it to the cream cheese mixture, along with the wilted spinach. Fold them into the mixture until combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into an 8-inch (or similar size) casserole/baking pan. Or you can spoon it evenly into smaller ramekins. I used four 6-ounce ramekins. Top evenly with the shaved parmesan cheese. Crumble the last piece of bacon and sprinkle on top. I sprinkled a little fresh ground pepper on top, but that is optional.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese on top is melted and the sides are bubbling. Dip is best enjoyed immediately. Cover leftovers tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 300F degree oven until the sides are bubbly again.

Recipe Notes:

  1. For the spinach, use anywhere around 4 cups. The recipe is very forgiving. If you like a lot of spinach, pack down the 4 cups when measuring. If you do not like a lot of spinach, do not pack it down. You can use two 10-ounce packages of frozen spinach instead and skip step #3 (though you will lose some flavor). Make sure the frozen spinach is thawed and patted very, very dry.

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Try my Kicked-Up Cheddar Cheese Sauce next!

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And my favorite Pepperoni Pizza Dip

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See more savory snack recipes.

 

This post was sponsored by Safeway. Visit your local Safeway to find these and other new items throughout the store. Thanks for working with me, Safeway!

 

74 comments

  1. Hi Sally! This sounds delicious! Unfortunately I am allergic to garlic. Any ideas about some flavorful substitutes? all suggestions welcome! 🙂

    • Chopped sun-dried tomato would be excellent. Or add some lemon juice and lemon pepper? You could also caramelize some onion and add that! Let me know what you try Erin!

  2. I’m a 90s girl too, but I’ve never heard that song – sorry Sally, guess I was too busy with Spice Girls and Savage Garden….and the Corrs…but that’s another story.
    This dip looks like the cosiest starter ever! I think my Chris has the same favourite food as Kevin – just meat. All of it. Every day.
    And while I might be of the meatless persuasion I am sure Chris will happily eat my share while I dig into one of these cheesy, garlicky dips sans bacon 🙂
    Yum yum!

  3. This dip looks fabulous!! Super duper fabulous. I would have to make them in individual containers too because if it was just one big one I would hog the whole thing!

  4. I love spinach dip and how can you go wrong when adding roasted garlic and/or bacon to anything?
    This will be made SOON.

  5. Is it possible people don’t know that song?! #oldiebutgoodie Almost as good as this dip looks! Pinned 🙂

  6. Love the presentation in ramekins! Sally, this dip looks and sounds fantastic. Mmm that roasted garlic!

  7. You had me at roasted garlic, oh and at bacon! How could something with roasted garlic or bacon in it be bad??

  8. Hi Sally,
    for religious purposes I cannot cook with bacon. Is there a substitute, or can I simply leave it out? also, can I use mozzarella cheese instead of parmesan?

  9. Those pita chips are SO good and I need this dip in my life like yesterday!

  10. The cheesier the dip, the better. This looks so good 🙂

  11. This dip looks beyond delicious! Love the bacon you added to it, because bacon always makes things better!

  12. Oh my gosh, I looooove spinach dip! I don’t eat it nearly enough. I’m definitely saving this recipe for the next time we have people over!

  13. This is so simple I know I can do it :). I need those ramekins asap. Thanks for all the great ideas you give us!

  14. Dear Sally,I,’think you are absolutly essential to our daily happiness in that bringing out those super tasty mouthwatering dishes, every kitchen day now has a real rosy cloud over it,seeing all the happy faces sitting or standing around,to enjoy yet another goody from,, Sally’s kitchen recipes.Thanks a bunch Sally..Greetings from Spain,Rita Heathcote.

  15. Dang! Spinach and bacon? Sounds amazing!

  16. So I genuinely just drooled all over the place. I need this dip in my life!

  17. They look scrumptious!

  18. well I’m completely drooling right now. Kevin is SUCH a smart guy! and you’re brilliant for making his idea a reality 😀

  19. Thanks for another winner Sally!! Last night I added some corn leftover from dinner the night before and it added a wonderful sweet crunch to the salad. Like you said, as far as ingredients are concerned, anything goes but the corn really was a good addition and will be a staple in all of my pasta salad recipes from now on.

  20. BEST DIP EVER! It was the hit of the party… this is our new go-to party dip! I doubled it, and it was no where near enough…. there was a line to get more!  AMAZING!  I spread the word about your blog! (I also made your strawberry shortcake cupcakes, in mini-form… also a huge hit!) Thanks for all your awesome recipes! 

  21. Sally, first of all, I love everything about you and your recipes. I know I can come here for a no-fail recipe every time, so thank you!

    I am SO EXCITED to make this dip! I’m giving it a try this weekend with some girlfriends, and then having it as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. Do you think any part of it could be made ahead, or would it change the consistency/textures too much? 

  22. I made this the other night and it was fantastic! I wasn’t sure how the fresh spinach would compare the frozen I usually use, but it was wonderful. And it cooked really well in the bacon grease. This is going to replace my go to spinach dip recipe!

  23. This recipe sounds delicious! I’m wondering if it would work in a crock pot for a holiday party?  I would love to hear your recommendations.

  24. I was introduced to your website and your cookbooks by a friend. This, and your recipe for stuffing was the first recipes I made from your website. They were delicious, everyone at Thanksgiving loved it. And these people are very picky. I’m definitely going to try more recipes. Thanks for your spinach dip! It was really great, and has become a favorite!

    • Thanks Ria! So glad you’re following along now and that you tried my spinach dip and Thanksgiving stuffing! Let me know any other recipes you try!

  25. Sally! I want you to know I’m 3 seconds from asking you to marry me. I adore your lively page, your recipes, and how your page is always updated with fresh new ideas. You have given me a entirely new meaning of being in the kitchen. Thank you for making my whole family think I can cook absolutely everything under the sun with no effort LOL!!! Keep up the Awesome Work! (P.S. My husband also thanks you)

  26. just wondering how far ahead it can be made up ahead or if it can be frozen before you cook it?

  27. How can we add artichokes ?  Should they be cooked first?

  28. Can I use turkey bacon with this recipe?

  29. Would it be possible to throw the whole thing together the day before and then bake when ready? Or will it effect the outcome?

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