Better-Than Applebee’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

Better-Than Applebee’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

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If you want to try something different for an appetizer, you might want to try this dip. The Spinach and Artichoke dip is one of the popular appetizers from Applebees. For those who are not familiar, Applebees is a fast-food joint from Georgia. The restaurant chain is famous for its different dishes from steaks to tacos, and of course appetizers. For this recipe, we are going to make copycat spinach and artichoke dip inspired by Applebees.

This dip is a perfect blend of flavors. The fresh, earthy taste of the artichoke counters the hint of bitterness from the spinach. Adding cheese to the equation creates a well-rounded flavor that makes this dip great with tacos and nachos. We recommend applying this dip to burritos. However, we suggest that this dip be served immediately after making.

If you want to try your hands in making more appetizers, we recommend our Beer-Cheese Fondue recipe. It’s great for parties and celebrations. Try it!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins


  • 15 oz spinach, blanched, cooled
  • 14 oz artichoke hearts, canned, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated or powdered
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 10 oz alfredo sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 oz pepperoni, chopped

To serve:

  • baguettes, sliced and toasted, or tortilla chips, nachos, or potato chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Spread mixture into a small baking dish.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and melted.
  5. Serve hot with roughly 2 slices of baguette per person or any of your chosen accompaniments.


  • Sugar: 1g
  • :
  • Calcium: 71mg
  • Calories: 43kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 11mg
  • Protein: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 88mg
  • Vitamin A: 95IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

What can I use as a substitute for Parmesan cheese?

Supermarkets have a ton of ready-made grated Parmesan. However, if that is not the case in your local grocery stores, you can go for the cheaper ones — especially Piave cheese. Most food enthusiasts will agree that the go-to substitute for Parmesan is Piave. It’s made with the same Italian milk that is used for Parmesan. The only difference between the two is the aging process. Compared to Parmesan’s aging, Piave is only aged for at least a year. It’s creamy and a little bit sweet. 

How long can I store this appetizer?

As we have mentioned above, it is best to consume this appetizer as soon as you finished cooking. The primary reason is the cheese will harden when it cools down. However, if there are leftovers, we recommend putting it in an airtight container and keep it refrigerated. The appetizer can last for at least a couple of days. Microwave it before serving to melt the cheese again.


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This appetizer dip is relatively easy to make: it will only take half an hour. The spinach and artichoke dip is perfect for picnics and celebrations. We guarantee that you are going to be fond of this fresh, cheesy goodness.
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