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Copycat Houston's Spinach-Artichoke Dip


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Cuisine: American Dip

Q: I have tried for years to duplicate the spinach dip at Houston's restaurant. There are quite a few "copies" on the Internet, none of which is the real thing. I know I wouldn't be the only one interested in making this at home.
-- Robin Willis, Alpharetta

A: You aren't the only one asking for the recipe for Houston's spinach dip. The AJC has had dozens of requests for it, and other Houston's dishes (see separate recipe listing for Copycat Houston's Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup).
Although Houston's was "thrilled and gratified" when we told them that so many of our readers wanted so many of their recipes, they weren't about to tell us any of them. Not even a hint. So we went to work.
We began with one of the copycat spinach dip recipes found on the Internet. But when we did some "undercover" work at Houston's and tested our creation against the genuine article, we found, like you, that the copy didn't quite measure up. Our intrepid recipe tester then went to work and came up with this combination of ingredients, which, after yet another "undercover" operation at Houston's, we think comes pretty darn close.

Hands on time: 20 minutes  Total time: 45 minutes  Serves: 12

Ingredients:

    1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    1 large clove garlic

    1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and firmly squeezed to remove moisture

    1 (6 1/4-ounce jar) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and patted dry

    1 container (6 1/2 ounces) garlic and herb gourmet cheese spread, such as Alouette brand

    1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

    Tortilla chips, sour cream and salsa to serve

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put Parmesan cheese into food processor with a metal blade. Turn on processor and drop garlic through feed tube to mince. Stop machine and add spinach, artichokes and gourmet cheese spread. Process until thoroughly blended. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl. Fold in mozzarella cheese. Pour mixture into a 4-cup baking dish and bake until heated through, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with chips, sour cream and salsa.

Nutrition:

Per serving (without chips, sour cream or salsa): 114 calories, 8 grams protein, 7 grams fat (percent calories from fat, 58), 4 grams carbohydrates, 21 milligrams cholesterol, 439 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber.

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