Spinach, Artichoke and Bacon Dip with Crispy Pitas

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
4 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
  • 10 bacon strips, fried until crisp and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Crispy Pitas, recipe follows
Directions

Heat the vegetable oil in a small skillet over medium low heat. Add the garlic and shallot and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallot softens and the garlic begins to brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Put the spinach in a colander and squeeze out all of the excess water. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add the artichoke hearts, crumbled bacon, cooked garlic and shallot, lemon zest, sour cream, salt and pepper. Mix well with a rubber spatula, and transfer to a decorative bowl. Allow to sit for 30 minutes before serving so the flavors can blend. Serve with crispy pitas.

Crispy Pitas:

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon celery salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil

8 pitas, cut into 12 wedges each

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all of the herbs and spices in a small bowl. Put the pita wedges into a large mixing bowl and add the spice mix. Drizzle the oil over all and toss well to coat. Put the pitas onto a baking sheet, shake it to even them out and place the pan into the top half of the preheated oven until they are crispy and lightly brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool 10 minutes and mound around the dip bowl.

Yield: 96 pita crisps


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Love, love, LOVE this dip! I was never a huge fan of spinach dip much less artichoke, but now I can't enough of it! I am currently making it again for family fourth of july potluck. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've had this recipe in my book for almost a yr now & finally got around to making it. Not a disappointment, wish I had done it sooner for sure. Took a little longer to make than I thought it would, no problem, you learn w/every recipe ;) A cpl of things I definitely learned w/this recipe; (1) watch your zest, I didn't measure, just "eye balled" it & it ended up overpowering the dish, (2) the seasoning amounts for the pita crisps were too much. I ended up throwing the 1st batch out & making another, hubby said it was way too salty. But all in all I really like the pita crisps. I also put out Triscuits for hubby, his fav cracker, and he preferred them w/the dip. I then decided to try a vege, celery, and omgosh! did that help w/the over zesting I did, it made a huge difference. Other vege's will prob work well, too, look forward to experimenting :D item not reviewed by moderator and published
I finally got around to making this at my daughter's house. I forgot the lemon, so used a little lemon juice. I used Trader Joe's frozen artichokes and this was still an amazing dip. A sure winner!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I,ve made it multiple times this past holiday season,Evryone loves it. I myself add abit more bacon into the mix,more flavor there. Plus I cut down the amount of the spices going on the pita chips by 20%, it gave the chips a more sutle flavor allowing the dip to stand out more. Thanks Hearty Boys item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe takes little longer to make than some spinach artichoke dips but it is always worth the extra effort for a special party! My guests always ask for this to be made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy to prepare and a hit at my Recipe Risk group. The pitas were very good on their own and certainly added to the flavor of the entire recipe. I was hesitant to add the salt in the dip since the bacon and pitas had salt so I tasted the dip at the end of preparation and did not add the salt since I have to watch salt intake. I am so sorry you are shown at 2:30am here in CO as I enjoy your program. I hope your not being phased out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this dip many times. It's been a hit everytime. It's one you can whip up before you need it (its not quite and zingy as it could be still great though) If you make it in advance a bit it has a kick to it. expecially with the marinated artichoke hearts. I have accidently grabbed the plain artrichoke hearts it was still good, just not the kick of the marinated ones. Try it.... I am sure everyone will like this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a Christmas party, and it was very successful. The seasoned pitas were the best part, but I also served it with a variety of crackers the second day. A nice twist on the classic spinach and artichoke dip. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love all these ingredients so I thought this would be delicious but it was just lacking. I think it would have been better with cheddar or jack cheese and served warm. Not a winner item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe, especially the pita chips. I have tried similar recipes, but this has an added zing. The next time I make it, however, I will probably omit the bacon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The pita chips are great. I will never buy another bag of premade chips. I decided to just lightly salt and pepper the chips once I doused them with a hit of some cooking spray instead of the olive oil. They were light, crispy and delicious! The dip however had a unique taste that I am sure others will like. I feel that the lemon and bacon were overpowering. I liked how easy it was and will attempt my own variation of it again someday soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy yet so special. Everyone thought I'd worked hours on it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good flavor--bacon would be better if sprinkled on top as for when mixed in it becomes a little soggy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the dip for a party, very well received, would make it again. It is best I think at room temp. Was a little different at first (what my husband said) nice flavors, very tasty for a change. I used a different pita chip recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great! I didn't realize I liked artichokes til now. I left out bacon for healthful reasons and it was fan-freakin-tastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I brought this dish to a new years day brunch, everyone loved it!!! It was fairly simple to prepare and the ingredients were very inexpensive. My two suggestions to this recipe would be to add more bacon, as the bacon flavor becomes a bit muted amidst the sour cream and other ingredients. I would also reccomend lessening the measurement of spices to the pita chips, I followed the recipe and I felt they were very tasty but a bit overbearing to the dip. Cheers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make. Not as good as I hoped for. I didn't make the pitas, used crackers instead. Maybe that was the problem. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made it for my father's birthday bash a few months ago and eveyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The pita recipe is an excellent base and technique for many spice variations. I found that the amount of salt (1 Tbsp) was way too much and plan to reduce that next time. Bacon tastes great in everything, but the lemon zest really gave the dip a unique pop. My friends ate it all! item not reviewed by moderator and published
nuff said. my boyfriend ate it but he'll eat anything item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this dip all the time and I know it will continue to be a hit. So easy and the taste has a lot of layers to it. I think the lemon zest is the real secret to this great dip. I know there are a lot of articoke dips out there but this one is light and fresh. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had this dip for the first time this weekend, it was terrific. What a fresh change from the usual ranch flavored spinach dip. This is a must try!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw the show when they made it. The recipe seemed very easy to make and it looked great on the show. When I made it, I was disappointed with the taste. Like some other reviewers mentioned, the flavors didn't meld too well together and the bacon got soggy. Not the best spinach and artichoke dip I have tried. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can't believe some body could say they did't like it! It was very very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe easy to follow and the taste is wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for a holiday party and it was devoured. Five different people asked me for the recipe. I also toook it to a luncheon at my husband's law firm and they loved it. This was very easy to make and I will make it again, for sure. Thank you so much for your show and your great recipes. They are easy to follow and your show is SO fun to watch! So, when are you going to be on Food Network daily??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great way to spice up an old favorite. The little bit of extra effort was worth it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dip was lacking some sort of flavor for me. People did eat it...it just didn't work for me. I still love you guys though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The toasted pitas really kick the dip to the top of the line item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't make the dip because it didn't sound appetizing but I made the chips. They were the hit of the party on Christmas Eve. I made the traditional spinach dip and the combination worked perfectly. I accidentally bought tortillas instead of pitas. Tortillas are much thinner so you have to cut the cooking time from 20 minutes to 10 minutes. These chips were EXCELLENT!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dip is phenomenal! But the seasoned pitas overwhelm the flavor of the dip. Serve it with plain pitas or crackers instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it for our New Year's party. Got compliments all night long! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The pitas were great and I would definitely make again. But I've had better dips. My daughter says she would leave out the lemon and liked it better warm. I would leave out the bacon, but actually I think I'd just make a different dip. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Way too much marinating flavor from the artichokes and much too smoky tasted from the crumpled bacon. Not a big hit at all, nobody at the Christmas party liked it. A complete waste of money and food. Stick with the basic Spinach Dip receipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made it a few hours before the party and it did get really thick and the bacon turned soggy. The flavor was okay, again good but not great. The pitas however were a big hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Served this for Christmas Eve party. I felt is was too thick. My guests said it was good but not much was gone at the end of the night. They did like the pitas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and very tasty dip without Mayo. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dip was quite a crowd pleaser at our employee holiday party. After finishing the dip and doing a taste test, I added 1/4 cup mayonnaise for a little tang, and 3 Tbl. of milk to thin it out a bit. The seasoned pitas were the perfect accompanyment and made the entire dish complete in flavor. Thanks guys! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My dad absolutely hates artichokes, and groaned when I mentioned I was bringing this recipie to Thanksgiving. Imagine my surprise to see him with this on his plate numerous times! It is fabulous, and I'm making it again tonight for another party. Do give yourself time to make this, it isn't a last minute thing. But it is WELL worth it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think it would be much better served hot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
There are so many recipes for spinach and artichoke dips but this one looked interesting. I accidently purchased marinated mushrooms instead of artichoke hearts but my guests loved it anyway! The bacon and garlic and shallots make the difference! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband travels alot but we do watch The Food Network together and he got caught up in the competition. He chose the boyz... I was watching the show and he heard the recipes and he asked if I would make him the recipes from DVD night for him. I made the Spaghetti Pie and the Dip... The dip, as I like to say, was the bomb diggity! The fresh flavors were/are astounding... The pita chips are a revelation... I'm not buying chips anymore - I'll make my own. It is a great recipe which I'll be sharing with all of our families over the holidays. (they let me cook!)... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a work party. Everybody was asking me the recipe. I added a little Knorr vegetable dip seasoning and it kicked up the flavor even more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The lemon flavor was too prominent for my tastes. If I make again I will omit the lemon zest, perhaps adding small amount before serving. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good dip - the lemon perks it up nicely. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dip is great with almost any type of crackers too. I'd be happier if this show aired a bit later in the day so I could be sure and tape it, don't want to miss a thing. These guys are quickly becoming my favorite cooking show. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a party today and it was the first thing to go! Yes the lemon was a great finish to this dish. I served it in a sourdough breat bowl, but will do pita next when I have more time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS WAS A BIG HIT AT MY LAST PARTY... EVERYONE WANTED THE RECIPE... TO THE PERSON RATING THIS RECIPE AS DISGUSTING, GET OVER IT AND GET COUNSELING.... THESE GUYS ARE GREAT HOSTS AND A SCREAM TO WATCH.... KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this, as did my guests. Used 1/2 lb crisp fried bacon (I think it was more than 10 strips) and happened to have roasted and pureed garlic so I used that instead of minced. The lemon and shallot were a nice addition. I only had plain, not marinated artichokes so I felt the dip needed a bit more taste and added about 1/3 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch. It might have had enough punch if the artichokes were marinated...I'll try it next time. It totally deserves 5 stars for taking a classic and revamping it. Even without my changes (which were simply due to ingredient constraints) I think this recipe is a winner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the first dish emptied. Excellent and a refreshing change from Spinach/Artichoke dips I've had elsewhere! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this twice and got rave reviews each time. The second time I made it, I added about 1 1/2 tsp of hot sauce. It didn't make it hot, just deepened the flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe is easy but has no taste and is bland nothing like a spiniach and artichoke dip. If you do not whant to do the work for your food make this dip with dryed onion suop mix so it has some taste peaple might like item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had a girls only dinner party and made this recipe. It went over very well. Most commented on the great flavor the bacon gives to this dip. I will definitely use this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bacon just took over. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We really liked this dip! Next time I will reduce the lemon zest to 1/2 tsp....a little too lemony for my taste. The pitas also were very tasty and easy to prepare. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this a lot - a few guests thought there was too much spinach though. Like anything, consider your guests pallet before preparing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really thought this would be an excellent recipe. It was not. It sat overnight and was better but still needed more flavor. Likely will not make it again! I actually wondered if it needed to be baked, but there was no directions for that so I guess not! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was asked to make a dish for a pot luck a day before. Every bite was gone with in a 1/2 hour. The chips were great even on their own. Love your show also. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great for parties since you can make it ahead of time. I didn't have any pitas on hand so I subsituted flour tortillas which turned out great. The chips were delicious by itself but worked really well with the dip. I will definitely make this again for my next party. Dan and Steve love your show! It's refreshing to have something new and you guys give such terrific ideas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked the dip but was a bit disappointed. Liked the brightness the lemon juice added, but felt it was a bit flat. I only added half the amt of bacon recommended and while I am a bacon lover, I felt this might have overpowered the dip. The pita crips- were a huge hit with kids and adults. I even added more dry spices ( paprika and red pepper flakes). They were crispy and addicting and I definately will make them again. Love the guys, love the show, love the recipes. Thanks Dan and Steve! Pauline item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and tastes as good as it looks. I added a 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper to add a little heat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It sucked. Bet this won't get printed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
To ring out the water from defrosted spinach I used a potato ricer. It looks like a huge garlic press. My sister got hers for a buck from the dollar store. It works great, its cheap, easy to clean up and you dont need to dirty a kitchen towel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i loved the flavor of this dip. the lemon zest really gave it a kick. what a neat idea with the pita chips too-something different from the boring crackers or bread item not reviewed by moderator and published
I ommitted the bacon because my other half does not eat meat. THe dip was definetly easy to make. It was pretty good, if a little bland. I bet it would have been better with bacon. Mmmmmmm, baconnnnnn. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Adding this to my Christmas buffet in place of my old Spinach Artichoke dip. This has more depth of flavor. Thanks, guys! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was super easy! I especially loved the pitas..very flavorful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this and my clients think it's the greatest! I highly recommend this recipe for any occasion! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dip is not only DELICIOUS but the lemon zest gives it a surprising kick. My guests "licked the platter clean". Good work, Dan and Steve....love your show ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these last night, and absolutely LOVED them!! I will definitely be making these for the upcoming holiday season. I totally disagree with Anonymous that either one was too salty. I thought the flavor of both was excellent and worked well together. Thanks guys, for another delicious recipe!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Totally decadent, will be including these in my christmas cookie exchange. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!! Thought it was even better the next day... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe and great show. Welcome to Food Network!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dan and Steve, I love your show. I've had this dip many times, or one very similar but had forgotten. Thanks for the recipe and the reminder of something that is soooo good. We had this for lunch today along with your excellent spaghetti pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a delicious and easy recipe. It was something quick to throw together to take to a friend's open house. It is a shame that this forum is not only about recipes, but also individuals' hate for diversity. Shame on you "Anonymous"...if you don't like to try variations on common recipes, don't frequent this web page! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good, excellent flavor, just perfect for good old fashioned dipping. We have a few "picky" friends and they devoured this dip and ask if I had made any more. Hats off to both you. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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