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Spinach and Cheese Dip (Dad’s Favorite)

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spinach and cheese dip

The Super Bowl is just a few days away.

It’s kind of a big deal around here since the NY Giants are playing . I should clarify what I mean by “a big deal around here” – I mean in NJ, not my house. I like the Super Bowl for the clever advertising (guess that’s why I’m a marketer) but could care less about the actual game. It just never did it for me.

But you know what does do it for me? The party food. This spinach and cheese dip.

spinach and cheese dip

This spinach and cheese dip recipe comes from the archives of the actual Keenan Cookbook. It’s labeled as “Mike’s Favorite Dip” – “Mike” being my Dad.

I don’t know where it originates from, but our family has been making it for years as a special party treat, including for the Super Bowl.

The recipe itself is fairly straight forward. I actually modified it from the original to use light cream cheese and skim milk instead of regular cream cheese and heavy cream. Granted, there is not much you can do to lighten up cheese dip, but every little bit helps right? And it completely passed the taste test as my Dad dug in and raved at how great it was.

spinach and cheese dip

Enjoy this dip on crackers, potato chips, pita chips (our favorite) or even chicken (as per Dad).

Oh, and because no Super Bowl party can rely on just one dip or snack, be sure to check back on Thursday when I’ll be doing an appetizer recipe round up. I’ll be featuring mouth watering recipes from fellow food bloggers in an effort to break any “healthy eating” New Years Resolutions you may still be futilely clinging to. 🙂

Food bloggers – please email me or leave a comment with your recipe for inclussion in the recipe round up!

spinach and cheese dip

Spinach and Cheese Dip (Dad’s Favorite)


  • 2 packages (8 oz each) light cream cheeses, softened
  • 4 cups (8 oz) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 box frozen spinach (10 oz), defrosted and drained
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (about half an onion)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese and Monterey Jack cheese until combined. Add the tomatoes and mix to combine. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Pour into a pie or casserole dish. Back for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm with chips or your favorite snack cracker.

spinach and cheese dip


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