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Baked Goat Cheese Spinach Dip

This Baked Goat Cheese Spinach Dip is baked right in a hearty bread bowl, making this the ultimate hot dip! It’s creamy, rich and full of delicious cheesy bacon flavour! A great appetizer for the holidays.

Our winters here are long and very cold, but we try to embrace the season by enjoying all it has to offer. This means that we brave sub zero temps and hit the ski hill, we strap on skates to go skating, put on our snowshoes and take long winter walks…so basically we aren’t afraid of the cold! A little known secret is that I do in fact adore our Canadian winters (as long as there is plenty of snow then I’m happy)!

One of the things I love most about our cold winter activities is that they bring people together. I mean what better fun than to spend the day tobogganing with family and friends, then all getting together at someones home for hot chocolate and warm winter eats? It’s the best. There is just nothing like filling your belly with warm winter drinks and home made, hearty food after a cold and wintery day.

For occasions like this, I like to have some easy and delicious recipes at my finger tips…ones that can be prepared either ahead of time, or in just a few minutes. And this Goat Cheese Spinach Dip is a perfect dip for such an occasion!

Baked Goat Cheese Spinach Dip

Make it ahead of time.

I like to prepare this dip ahead of time, and have it ready to go as soon as we come inside. Serve it bubbling hot with loads of crusty bread, and your favourite glass of red wine…or hot chocolate for the kids!

Baked Goat Cheese Spinach Dip

Bake and serve this spinach dip in a bread bowl.

My favourite thing about this dip is that it can be baked and served right in a bread bowl. You can use it as a bowl for dipping, then eventually eat the bowl! Or you can cut it width-wise into strips and serve it that way.

Baked Goat Cheese Spinach Dip

This dip has a secret ingredient!

Baked Spinach Dip is delicious no matter how it’s served, it’s creamy, tangy and so flavourful. This dip also has a secret ingredient that adds so much flavour…goat cheese! And combined with the chopped spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic and crumbled bacon, it’s so so good. Yes, did I forget to mention that this dip has bacon? Bacon makes everything delicious.

Baked Goat Cheese Spinach Dip

Always a party favourite.

This Goat Cheese Spinach Dip is a perfect appetizer for any time of year…it’s great for winter gatherings with friends and it would be perfect for holiday entertaining! It’s very easy to make and only takes a few minutes to assemble. Your guests will love it.

Baked Goat Cheese Spinach Dip

Baked Spinach Dip Tips + Notes

  • Spinach: This dip uses fresh spinach instead of frozen. The flavour is wonderful, and honestly, it’s much easier than using frozen spinach.
  • Goat Cheese: Don’t leave the goat cheese out, it add so much rich flavour to this dip.
  • Sour Cream: I use regular sour cream, but you can use light sour cream instead. You can also use plain greek yogurt.
  • Bread Bowl: You can use many different loaves: sourdough, french loaf, artisan loaves
  • Dippers: Serve this dip with the bread chunks that were removed from the centre of the loaf to make room for the dip. You can also serve this dip with extra baguette slices, crackers or fresh veggies.
  • Make Ahead Tip: You can make the dip portion a day, or even two days, ahead of when you want to serve it (store it in an air tight container in the fridge). BUT DO NOT add it to the bread bowl at this stage…do that right before you’re ready to bake and serve it.
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This Baked Goat Cheese Spinach Dip is baked right in a hearty bread bowl, making this the ultimate hot dip! It’s creamy, rich and full of delicious cheesy bacon flavour! A great appetizer for the holidays.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking

Ingredients

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  • 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 (140 gram) package of goat cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
  • 8 slices of cooked bacon crumbled
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 artisan loaf of bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Chop fresh spinach so you end up with about 2 1/2 cups.
  3. Dice the onion, and mince the garlic.
  4. Then in a skillet, saute the spinach, onion and garlic in a little bit of olive oil. Add the salt and pepper.
  5. Cook until the onions are soft, and there is no moisture from the spinach.
  6. Stir in the cooked and crumbled bacon, and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat.
  8. In a food processor (I use a hand blender), puree the goat cheese and sour cream together until smooth.
  9. Then add the goat cheese/sour cream mixture and chopped artichoke hearts to the spinach/bacon mix.  Stir until well combined.
  10. Now it’s time to prepare your artisan loaf of bread (you can use a sour dough loaf or any kind of large loaf that you like, as long as you can remove the centre portion).
  11. Cut out the top of your loaf, cutting in about 1 1/2 inches deep, then peel off the top and remove the centre.  You just want to create a pocket to put your dip, so make sure you don’t cut down too deep into the loaf, but deep enough that the dip won’t flow out of the bread.
  12. Save the bread you cut out for dipping.  Just cut it into dipping sized chunks.
  13. Add the spinach mixture to the space in your bread bowl, then wrap your bread dip in tin foil, and bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the mixture is bubbling.
  14. You can use the bread bowl as a dip, and serve it with extras chunks of fresh bread or baguettes for dipping.  Or you can slice the whole bread bowl width wise and serve in strips.

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