Originally Posted on 01/04/2019
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Who else always orders spinach artichoke dip when eating out? It’s one of my favorite appetizers and surprisingly easy to make at home. I usually bake it then serve it inside a hollowed-out sourdough bread bowl or crackers. But then I had an amazing idea.
The lightning bolt struck that it would be great as a pizza. No need for the crackers or bread – it’s an all-in-one recipe. Turn your favorite dip into Spinach Artichoke Dip Pizza for a yummy dinner kids and adults will love.
Seriously, it’s so good and what was once an appetizer has now became on of our favorite dinners. If you like this idea, you will probably also love my spinach dip baked pasta recipe as well.
Homemade Spinach Dip Pizza
When you’re making a spinach and artichoke dip pizza, the most important thing is the dip. For ours, we adapted this recipe.
The major changes were adding a second type of cheese, Gruyere (which tastes so good melted as a dip), and increasing the spinach considerably to cut down the creaminess and increase the greens. We also added more garlic and some green onions (scallions) for a sweet, mild onion flavor.
With lighter ingredients and the substitution of more spinach for less cheese, you can create an extremely healthy and satisfying alternative to the original dip/sauce. Simple substitutions are actually an easy way to make any dip a little more nutritious.
Low-fat, high-protein ingredients yield a healthier spinach dip that you can use as your pizza sauce without compromising the taste. Creating a fun variation on normal pizza or a much healthier alternative to “white” pizzas (that tend to have a ranch dressing sauce base).Want to include even more protein in your spinach pizza? Try adding a layer of hummus, or substituting a thick, plain greek yogurt for a portion of the cheese. These simple substitutions and additions can pack in almost 20 extra grams of protein.
Trader Joe’s Spinach Artichoke Dip Pizza
Although you could choose to make the pizza crust yourself, we love using Trader Joe’s ready-made pizza crust for this.
The crust is already pre-baked and comes with two large rectangular flats so it serves a lot (or save for leftovers) and doesn’t take long to bake at all. The thin size makes it taste like a flatbread pizza.
It is so good and versatile for any toppings, really. It isn’t the least bit oily – a problem I sometimes find with pizza when we go out for it. We used the same crust on our Rainbow Glitter Pizza if you want to see a variation.
Trader Joe’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Heads up, they ALSO have a great spinach and artichoke dip by Trader Joe’s. Although making the spinach dip yourself is a great way to monitor the ingredients, it takes much longer. An easier option is to just buy the spinach artichoke dip Trader Joe’s makes.
It is delicious, simple, and a great replacement for a homemade dip. You’ll find it in the frozen sections of most grocery stores and its easy-to-follow preparation instructions will have you making your pizza in no time.
Although the dip is great by itself, you might find it not as suitable for a pizza. If you want to doctor Trader Joe’s spinach artichoke dip a bit before using it, try some of the recommendations we mentioned above.
Adding extra spinach, garlic, scallions, or even some more of your favorite cheese can go a long way in improving the end result of your spinach and artichoke dip pizza.
Spinach Artichoke Pizza
- 14 oz artichoke hearts, can drained and chopped
- 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 scallions whites, with some greens, chopped
- 2 cups frozen spinach chopped and squeezed dried
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese reserve 1/2 cup
- 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese reserve 1/2 cup
- 2 flatbread pizza crusts ready baked, we used Trader Joe's
- 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- 2. Combine all the ingredients except for the pizza crust minus the reserved 1/2 cup each of Parmesan and Gruyere. Mix well.
- 3. Spread the dip evenly on your two pizza flatbread crusts.
- 4. Top each crust each evenly with your reserved 1/2 cup each of Parmesan and Gruyere cheese (so 1/4 cup of each per pizza)
- 5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until top is bubbly. If you want those brown crispy cheesy tops, broil for 1-2 additional minutes.
- 6. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Preparing a Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pizza
There is something so rewarding about creating a new family-favorite meal option from classics. It’s so wonderful to be able to make these with my kids, watching their creative wheels turn as they make these meals their own.
This spinach and artichoke dip pizza recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. Whether you decide to make everything yourself or throw in some spinach artichoke dip by Trader Joe’s, this delicious meal is bound to make people happy.
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