Spinach Artichoke Squares are a delicious low-carb spin on classic spinach artichoke dip for the perfect party treat everyone can enjoy! Great for breakfast or brunch, too!
Instead of serving the classic combination of spinach and artichokes as a hot dip with chips and crackers, these baked Spinach Artichoke Squares make an elegant hot appetizer. Spinach Artichoke Squares are also perfect as part of a holiday brunch menu. Best of all, you may already have many of the ingredients on hand.
How to make Spinach Artichoke Squares:
- Gather up the ingredients:
- Dry breadcrumbs (optional so not shown)
- Cream cheese
- Frozen artichokes that have been thawed
- Frozen chopped spinach that has been thawed
- Swiss or Gruyere cheese
- Spinach Artichoke Squares can be made with either canned or frozen artichokes. I like to keep both on hand. Frozen artichoke hearts will have better flavor than canned, but they’re not always easy to find and they are more expensive.
- Avoid using marinated artichokes in this recipe because of the tanginess; they’re better used in something like an antipasto platter.
- Be sure to drain them well and pat dry on paper towels to get rid of excess moisture.
- I love to use fresh ingredients whenever possible. However, frozen chopped spinach is one of my favorite “convenience” products.
- Fresh spinach contains a lot of water and shrinks considerably when cooked. I can’t tell you how many times I purchased fresh spinach for a dish thinking I had enough and it practically disappeared before my eyes!
- Because commercially frozen chopped spinach is already cooked, it’s easier to estimate the amount you’ll require for this or any other recipe.
- Squeezing the excess water from frozen spinach takes a little strength so a potato ricer comes in handy for this purpose. Simply drop the thawed spinach in small batches into the well of the ricer and squeeze out the water. Good old-fashioned elbow grease works well, too!
- Combine everything but the eggs and half-and-half in a square baking dish.
- I prefer to use Swiss or Gruyere cheese in this recipe but I have been known to clean out the cheese drawer when making these. Any combination of white cheese will work, including Mozzarella and Cheddar.
- Whisk together the eggs and half-and-half then pour it over the other ingredients.
Besides being easy and delicious, this dish can be prepared ahead of time and baked at the last minute.
For a spicy variation, add chopped fresh jalapeno peppers or canned diced green chiles. Here’s another variation in a quiche: Crustless Spinach Artichoke and Jalapeno Quiche.
More great party-perfect appetizer recipes:
- Deviled Crab-Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms
- Shrimp Cocktail Louis
- Lemon Parmesan Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms
- Creamy Shrimp Salsa Dip
- Crab Mango and Avocado Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing in Endive
- Chicken, Spinach and Artichoke Puff Pastry Parcels
- Goat Cheese Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms
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- Non-stick cooking spray or olive oil
- 2-3 tablespoons seasoned dry breadcrumbs
- 2 cans (14-ounce) artichoke hearts, drained and squeezed of excess water --OR-- 1 bag (12-ounce) frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and squeezed of excess water
- 1 bag (12-ounce) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water
- 1 bunch scallions (white and light green part only), chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss or Gruyere cheese
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese or 4 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1/2 cup half-and-half or whole milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 11 x 7-inch or another similar-sized baking dish with cooking spray or lightly coat with oil. Lightly coat the bottom and sides of the baking dish with the breadcrumbs. Set aside.
- Coarsely chop the artichoke hearts.
- Combine the artichoke hearts, spinach, scallions, garlic and cheese in a bowl.
- Spoon evenly into the prepared baking dish being careful not to disturb the breadcrumbs.
- Whisk together eggs, mayonnaise, mascarpone or cream cheese, half-and-half (or milk), salt and black pepper. Pour over spinach - artichoke mixture.
- Bake 30-35 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Cool slightly on a wire rack, Cut into small squares, arrange on a platter. Garnish if desired and serve.
If you're totally low-carb, omit the breadcrumbs.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 507mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 13g
The nutritional information above is computer-generated and only an estimate. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.