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

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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 spinach*
  • 8 ounces brick-style cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt or sour cream (I used low fat Greek yogurt)
  • 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
  • 23 cloves roasted garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese (shredded works too!)
  • for serving: toasted pita crackers, chips, carrots, celery, etc.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) 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 300°F (149°C) degree oven until the sides are bubbly again.

Notes

  1. 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.

Keywords: roasted garlic spinach dip, garlic bacon spinach dip

99 Comments

  1. “when I dip you dip we dip” <— god I love that song 🙂 and now will have it in my head!

    I love spinach dip and I'm sure this is so amazing with so many great flavors. And those wheat thins, I JUST spotted those a week or so ago and didn't even buy them. Too easy to go to town on 🙂

    I love your lead off shot too! So pretty!

    1. Oh please, anything but that song……even Frozen songs….

      Anyhow Sally, I’m just marveling at this dip. So splendid. We just paid roughly $12 for a very similar dip at a restaurant (and it was just a chain restaurant) so I am taking your advise and doubling this so we don’t end up fighting over it, Ha.

  2. I will be singing that song all day. I think I’ll teach it to my 3 year old. 😉

    This dip looks fabulous. I can see how it’d be a crowd-pleaser! I’m saving it for my next get-together.

  3. I love finding new recipes for spinach dip. I’ve tried those pita chips before and they’re so good. Very crunchy. Oh and I’ll have that song stuck in my head all day haha. I loved it back in the day!

    By the way I made your pizza dip a few weeks ago and everyone loved it.

  4. There is nothing my boyfriend loves more than bacon and cheesy things. Well, hopefully, I win his affection over bacon, but in a culinary sense bacon always wins. I’ll have to try this very soon. I’ll bet it makes the house smell amazing.

  5. Okay, love the that song. And I am not afraid to admit it!
    Cheesy spinach dip at a party always GOES. People love it. And your carnivorous adjustment will only make it go faster! Looks fab.

  6. Great teamwork Sally and Kevin!
    My husband is a total carnivore too. If I’m making something with little or no meat, I have to asked myself whether I should grill a few slices of bacon just to keep the peace 🙂
    This looks like a perfect snack with a couple of glasses of wine for my next girls night in.

  7. Safeway!! We don’t have any down here in the South 🙁 but whenever we go North (specifically Vancouver to visit family) I love going there! 🙂
    That photo of the roasted garlic!! ’nuff said

  8. YUMMMM! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Looks like I need to add a few more ingredients to my grocery list. I love love love spinach dips. My favorite is Applebee’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip. I may even try adding artichoke to your recipe!! 🙂

    By the way, my boyfriend and I made your sweet potato fries a couple nights ago. I’m really glad I bought extra sweet potatoes at the store. I was snacking all night!

  9. Gotta sing while in the kitchen. My music is about as important as a good sharp chef’s knife to me. My teenager wants to make this dip over the weekend. She gasped when she saw the picture. Of course the combo of garlic, bacon and spinach urged me to agree readily to her plan to create this dish over the weekend. Yummy.

  10. Wow! What a Dip!!! Love that you added bacon and spinach….kind of balances out each other!

  11. I put my hand upon your hip…when I dip, you dip, we dip…

    Totally transported back to my freshman year of college when my roommates attempted (unsuccessfully) to teach me a dance to go with that song!

    Anyway….this looks delicious! I’m at home due to “winter weather” today and I sure wish I had the ingredients for this! Also, your carrot sticks made me think to share a tip. I saw this on The Kitchn or Food52 recently. Instead of cutting carrots into sticks for dipping, cut them diagonally into longish coins. Logistically just makes for easier cutting and creates a chip-like shape for dipping!

  12. I love how you made these in individual ramekins! Haha, no double dip party fouls and you don’t have to share yours. Pinning for my next girls night in.

  13. This look so good Sally! Your next next book needs to be Sally’s Savory Addiction!! Can’t wait to make and eat this!

  14. Oh my gosh! The song – yes!! And this dip – I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Love roasted garlic!

  15. This sounds amazing! And I totally remember that song. It was definitely a favorite growing up. I love the idea of baking this in ramekins. It makes portioning sooo much simpler 😉 I can’t wait to try this! Dips are always so much fun to eat.

  16. If you invite me over the next time you make this dip, I’ll sing the song for you. (KIDDING). Get in my mouth, dippy dip!

  17. Oh my goodness, that looks absolutely fantastic. I think adding roasted garlic and bacon is pretty much the only way you could make spinach dip any better! Definitely need to make this one soon! Pinned!

  18. Wow. I am drooling right now. That dip looks SO, SO good!!! I can almost taste it right now, and I’m dying to try it out! Can’t wait to taste it! Mmm…..

  19. Holy heaven! I just right now decided that I travel too much for work which is only a problem because it’s interfering with my ability to make the things on your blog! How am I supposed to make fabulous cheesy bacon-y dip in my hotel room? It’s final. I’ll just have to quit my job 🙂 P.S. – Da Dip! Heck Yeah!

  20. The fact the group is “Freak Nasty” immediately gains bonus points in my mind. So catchy, soooo damn catchy! Why were the 90s so much better?! Can we go back, please?!

    And bring this tip? Because… Mmm. Dip.

    1. Laur, I bet you have all the classic 90s CDs that I still have (for some reason?)… spice girls, mariah, jock jams…

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