There’s nothing quite as joyous and comforting as a warm cheesy spinach artichoke pull apart bread. It’s probably one of the best things to grace man, woman, or dog’s stomach.
This Spinach and Artichoke bread has become one of my new favorite foods to make for a party or bring to one. Spinach Artichoke dip is always a crowd pleaser. It’s warm, creamy and cheesy and full of flavor. But this recipe takes it up to another level by taking that delicious dip and baking it in between slits of warm baked bread.
What type of bread should I use?
It’s no surprise that bread and bread-based products catch some heat. However, when it comes to one type of bread – sourdough – it’s one of the healthier choices.
Simply put, when it comes to sourdough bread, you’re getting less yeast, more “good acid,” healthy bacteria, and fewer preservatives. When it comes to choosing the best sourdough bread, especially for this recipe, you’ll want to try and find one that’s made whole wheat flour.
You should be able to find several brands in the bakery of your local grocery store.
How to Easily Cut the Sourdough Bread
All of the other ingredients in this recipe are simple and only require mixing, but when it comes to the bread – you’ll want to make sure you have the right utensil for making the cutting easy.
1. Use a bread knife.
2. Start with vertical slits – begin by cutting vertical slits into the bread, being careful not to cut through the bottom. The deeper you go, though, the more room you’ll have to place the spinach and artichoke mixture.
3. Finish with horizontal cuts – once you have cut vertical slits in the bread, finish by cutting horizontal slits about one inch apart. As you cut across, use your free hand to hold the already cut pieces in place.
Now that you know what makes sourdough bread so amazing and how to get the perfect cuts for your pull-apart bread, here’s the rest of what you need to know.
- Spinach – this recipe calls for fresh baby spinach. But you can use frozen. Make sure it is completely thawed and all water has been rung out.
- Artichokes – simple, from the can. Give them a rough chop.
- Cheese – there’s 3 for EXTRA creamy cheesiness. Cream cheese, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
- Sour cream – I felt this came out better with sour cream vs. mayo.
A tip to remember about fresh spinach is when working it into a dip like this, consider cutting the stems completely off, then cutting the actual leaf in halves or fourths. This will make mixing it together much easier.
Mix, Pack, Bake, and Enjoy
Once you’ve gotten your ingredients together, prepped, and the bread cut, you’re ready to mix, pack, bake, and enjoy! Save half of the parmesan cheese for topping and re-baking until melted.
Want to add a bit more flavor?
I’ll let you in on a little flavor secret. When it comes to bread, what you do before baking can make all the difference. How about pouring some garlic infused melted butter into the bread BEFORE adding the dip? oh my!
Melt about a half stick of butter with 1-2 minced garlic cloves until the butter is melted and the garlic aroma is strong. Pour this mixture between the slits and then proceed with the spinach artichoke mixture. You can thank me later. 🙂
By the way, there’s no secret to packing in the spinach and artichoke. You do want to use a spoon, though, so you can get between the slits without breaking the bread apart more than it has been cut. Using a spoon will also allow you to add the same amounts between the slits.
Start small and then fill in as needed. It’s best to have some of the mix leftover rather than use it all and still have parts of the bread needing it! Oh, and it doesn’t have to look perfectly proportioned (check out the image below to see what I mean).
Overall, you want each slit to have some of the spinach and artichoke mix in it.
What to Pair with Spinach Artichoke Cheesy Pull Apart Bread
Similar to most restaurants, one of the go-to pairs with spinach and artichoke dip is tortilla chips. In this case, you have the bread itself as the perfect dip combo. So what could you pair with your pull-apart bread?
In this case, think in terms of game day. It goes perfectly alongside some other finger food appetizers like Buffalo wings, stuffed Buffalo chicken and mozzarella meatballs, some Hummus and Pita chips.
SPINACH ARTICHOKE PULL APART BREAD
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Your guests will be WOWed when they see this amazing display of spinach, artichokes and ooeey gooey cheesy STUFFED inside warm baked bread. It will be gone in minutes!