Spinach, Artichoke and Bacon Dip with Crispy Pitas

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
30 min
30 min
35 min

4 cups

  • 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

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. :
    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
    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!!
    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
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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
    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.
    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.
    This was so easy yet so special. Everyone thought I'd worked hours on it.
    Good flavor--bacon would be better if sprinkled on top as for when mixed in it becomes a little soggy.
    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.
    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!
    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!
    Easy to make. Not as good as I hoped for. I didn't make the pitas, used crackers instead. Maybe that was the problem.
    I made it for my father's birthday bash a few months ago and eveyone loved it!
    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!
    nuff said. my boyfriend ate it but he'll eat anything
    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.
    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!!
    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.
    Can't believe some body could say they did't like it! It was very very good!
    I found this recipe easy to follow and the taste is wonderful!
    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???
    This was a great way to spice up an old favorite. The little bit of extra effort was worth it!
    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!
    The toasted pitas really kick the dip to the top of the line
    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!!
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