Tag: party food ideas

Easy Artichoke Bread

Easy Artichoke Bread

Easy Artichoke Bread makes a great snack for game day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…or really any day for that matter. This crusty French bread is rich, creamy, and super cheesy or in other words everything you would want an indulgent snack to be! It can be […]

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Move over beer brats there’s a new kid in town! Root Beer Brats are not only delicious but they are so easy to prepare. And since they’re made with root beer rather than beer, they’re family friendly too. Slow-cooking in a sweet root beer marinade […]

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

If Spinach Artichoke Dip is involved then you can count me in people! It’s pretty much one of my main weaknesses. I just can’t say no to this luscious, creamy, absolutely delicious dip. I’ve tried all the recipes, the restaurant knock offs, the crockpot versions, you name it. But this one, my friends, is by far my favorite! One taste and you’ll be hooked too. There’s no mayo involved so it tastes much lighter than most variations, which to me, really sets it apart from the rest. Loaded up with spinach, artichokes, and of course, LOTS of cheese, you won’t believe how quickly this dip becomes your new obsession. You might as well just go ahead and throw away all those other recipes right now. This is seriously THE BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip EVER!!!

Here’s all you’ll need: artichoke hearts, fresh spinach, garlic, onion, sour cream, cream cheese, milk, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper.

Spinach Artichoke Dip ingredients list.

So not only does Spinach Artichoke Dip taste amazing but it’s also super duper easy to prepare. Chop the onions, spinach and artichokes. A lot of recipes that I’ve tried in the past use frozen spinach. Well after this one, I’m a firm believer that fresh is best! It gives this dish such a nice texture. For the artichokes however, I always opt for the canned version. This time saver is just invaluable to me considering all those minutes I’ll inevitably spend googling how to cut fresh artichokes and watching you tube videos. Combine the onions, garlic, spinach, and artichokes in a medium sized bowl.

Chopped onions on a cutting board next to chopped spinach and artichokes in a bowl.

Oh yeah, did I mention that chopping the vegetables is the hardest part of this recipe? I can feel that sigh of relief. The heavy lifting’s over! Stir in the sour cream and softened cream cheese. You can lighten this recipe up even more by selecting fat free or low fat versions. But in my mind that just gives me permission to pile on that cheesy topping at the end of this recipe! So your call. Choose your battles wisely.

Onions, garlic, spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, and sour cream mixed together in a medium sized bowl.

A few more quick additions and we’re ready for the oven! Mix in the milk, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Again with the milk, skim, 2%, whole, I’ll leave that up to you and your waistline. But you really can’t make a bad decision here but for the love of God save the Almond and Coconut milk for another time! Mix up all the ingredients until the Spinach Artichoke Dip is nice and creamy. Mmmm….do you see that?!? Chunks of yumminess in every.single.bite!

Milk, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, garlic salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning are stirred into the dip.

And now for my favorite part…SAY CHEESE!!!! The cheesy topping on this dip is a total game changer! I don’t know why it never occurred to me to do this myself but it’s literally life changing. You’ll never go back to the plain old naked version again. Place the Spinach Artichoke Dip in a pie plate or shallow baking dish. Then sprinkle that remaining cup of mozzarella over the top. I mean cause who wants to put a measly 1 cup of mozzarella back in the fridge anyways?!? That’s just sad. And now we’re ready for the oven! Bake uncovered, in a 400 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese completely melted.

Spinach Artichoke Dip in a pie pan, topped with mozzarella cheese and ready for the oven.

Serve warm with your favorite dippers. We love tortilla chips, pita triangles, or even toasted baguette! That melty cheese with those crispy golden edges got me drooling a little. Spinach Artichoke Dip is great for sharing….otherwise you’ll be eating the whole pan yourself!!! Which isn’t a bad thing either! And don’t forget to try our Cheesy Pizza Dip too!!

Spinach Artichoke Dip by Happylifeblogspot.com #spinachartichokedip #spinachdip #artichokedip #appetizer #dip #cheesydip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

February 1, 2019
: 12
: Easy

By:

Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped Artichoke Hearts
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 Chop the onions, spinach and artichokes. Combine the onions, garlic, spinach, and artichokes in a medium sized bowl.
  • Step 2 Stir in the sour cream and softened cream cheese. Mix in the milk, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper.
  • Step 3 Place the Spinach Artichoke Dip in a pie plate or shallow baking dish. Then sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella over the top.
  • Step 4 Bake uncovered, in a 400 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese completely melted. Serve with tortilla chips, pita triangles, or toasted baguette. Enjoy!

We’d love to hear from you! Leave us your comments and love down below!

Shop this recipe!

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

If you’ve never made Pizza Pinwheels then you’re truly missing out! This bitesize, crowd pleasing appetizer is totally irresistible, super easy to make and tastes just like pizza. Loads of pepperoni and mozzarella are wrapped up inside a tender, flaky crescent dough crust. These mini […]

Ham and Cheese Bites

Ham and Cheese Bites

Our Ham and Cheese Bites make the cutest lil appetizer ever! This tasty bitesize snack works great for Easter brunch and doubles as a wonderful appetizer for Easter dinner too. They’re also perfect for after school snacking. Little fingers won’t be able to resist this […]

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Typically March Madness means I’m outraged because I’m SO. Over. This. Snow!!! But this year’s a little different. We’re all about basketball right now here in Buffalo. Our hometown team, the University at Buffalo, pulled off a huge upset! If you know Buffalo sports, you know that we love ourselves a good underdog to root for. The 13th-seeded UB Bulls came up with a huge win against the 4th-seeded Arizona Cardinals in the NCAA tournament on Thursday night. The 89-68 point victory marks the very first NCAA tournament win in the school’s history!! Go Bulls!!! Talk about a bracket buster!! #sorrynotsorry We’ll be tuning in tonight to watch the Bulls face off against the Kentucky Wildcats. But what’s a basketball game without the party food?!? Our Speedy Kielbasa Dip is the perfect party snack! It’s great for game day or really any day for that matter. This thick and creamy dip is a family favorite. And it’s my favorite too because it’s so quick and easy to make! How easy you ask??? Well…let’s put it this way…you won’t even have to turn your oven on! It’s 100% completely microwavable!! That’s why Speedy Kielbasa Dip is my go to recipe when I’m in a pinch and need to whip up party snacks in a hurry. You’ll be so happy to have this one in your recipe arsenal.

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, sour cream, milk, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, fully cooked kielbasa sausage, green onions, Parmesan cheese, and Tostitos or crackers for dipping.

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Start with a microwave safe bowl. Heat the cream cheese uncovered for 1 minute. Stir it up. Boom! You just handled step one like a boss!

Heat cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute.

Next mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine. I know it’s hard to believe but we’re like halfway done with this recipe. A few more steps and it’s going to be AMAZING!!!

Mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce.

Slice up the green onions. And dice up the Kielbasa while you’re at it too! If you really want to be on top of your game, you can have this stuff prepped ahead of time. A lot of times I prep the ingredients and take them with me to the party and then make the dip right there on the spot! After the prep work it literally takes less than 5 minutes in the microwave. Speedy Kielbasa Dip for the win!

Slice up the green onions. Then dice up the Kielbasa.

Now toss in the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Microwave for 1 and a half to 2 minutes. Stir. Then microwave for another 1 and a half to 2 minutes or until heated through.

Toss in the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, stirring once.

Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of green onions to pretty it up a bit. Serve with chips or crackers for dipping. Really though, can you believe how easy that was?!? She shoots…she scores!! SWISH!!

Speedy Kielbasa Dip by happylifeblogspot.com #dip #appetizer #kielbasadip #marchmadness

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

March 17, 2018
: 24

By:

Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces fully cooked kielbasa or Polish sausage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Tostitos or crackers for dipping
Directions
  • Step 1 In a microwave safe bowl, heat the cream cheese, uncovered, for 1 minute.
  • Step 2 Mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Step 3 Add the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Step 4 Microwave for 3-4 minutes stirring once, halfway through.
  • Step 5 Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of green onions. Serve with chips or crackers. Enjoy!!

We’d love to hear from you! Leave us your comments and love down below!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

Soooo….you know I love me a good no bake last minute recipe! With the Super Bowl less than a week away, I wanted to bring you this super easy, super delicious party snack. Just because a recipe comes together quickly doesn’t mean it can’t be […]

Frosted Fudge Brownies

Frosted Fudge Brownies

If you’re in need of the ultimate brownie recipe, then look no further! You’ve come to the right place. This rich, fudgy, frosted brownie recipe is the only one you’ll ever need. Really!! They turn out perfect every time….well except for the first time that […]