Throwback Thursday: Hot Spinach & Red Pepper Dip

This week’s Throwback Thursday recipe is a hearty spinach and pepper dip; great for a cold winter day. There is something nourishing about a warm cheesy dip with bread. This recipe is a great pick-me-up. It goes well with chips or bread and is a great recipe for a potluck or party, and can easily be doubled if need be.

Hot Spinach and Red Pepper Dip

Serves 8

  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 while onion
  • 3/4 cup thawed frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Pepper-Jack cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat and add diced red pepper, onion and the chopped spinach. When water begins to boil again, turn to low for about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the spinach, onion and red pepper in a colander, pressing out as much liquid as possible. Grind these ingredients in a food processor until combined well.
  3. Combine the cream cheese and milk in the saucepan and cook over medium heat until hot and softened.
  4. Stir in the cooked spinach and red peppers, Parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, salt and pepper. Continue to stir until well combined and heated through.
  5. Spoon hot dip into a serving dish and serve with the tablespoon of finely diced red bell pepper sprinkled on top for garnish.

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13 Responses to Throwback Thursday: Hot Spinach & Red Pepper Dip

  1. Mmmm. Bread bowl, just what I’ve been craving and the dip sounds delish!!

  2. Oooooh love the heat in this spinach dip – delicious. And that bread bowl looks sooo good!

  3. Jessica says:

    That looks so good!!!! And I love it that you put it in a bread bowl. The ones still hungry can just start eating the bowl after all the chips are gone!

  4. Hah! The first thing I thought of was “OH MAN BREAD BOWL!” and I see in the comments that everyone else thought the same thing. I’d eat anything in a bread bowl.

  5. Yum! I’m a huge fan of spinach dip and yours looks fantastic!

  6. Wow this dip looks amazing! Love the addition of the red pepper. Yum!

  7. Savour the Senses says:

    haha yeah the bread bowl seems to be a big hit… but I understand why, I mean come on who doesn’t love a bread bowl for ANYTHING! =)

  8. Wow this looks delicious! I love the bread bowl presentation. Looks like it would be great for a party or for a night in with movies on the couch.

  9. A crusty baguette, a bottle of wine and this dip would make me very happy on a Friday evening! Better invite some people over, though, as my husband is not a fan of dips of any kind and I could end up eating the *whole* thing!

  10. Savour the Senses says:

    Well, if it makes you feel better… I DID EAT THIS WHOLE THING! haha what can you do? Everything is good in moderation… including moderation.

  11. Loveeee it! Looks extremely tasty, and presentation and photo is just fantastic!

  12. Kim-Liv Life says:

    MMM!!! Nicely done… I could use some of that now!

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