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The Best Spinach Dip


Spinach dip is the perfect appetizer as it can be served warm or cold. When we are out at a restaurant, my friends and I will always order it because we know it will start our meal off right. You can’t go wrong bringing spinach dip to a party or serving to your family. It’s something that almost everyone loves.

I’ll be honest, though, I usually don’t make spinach dip from scratch, so when I came across this easy recipe in “What’s Cookin’ at First Security Vol. 2,” I knew it was time for me to impress my friends at our next gathering by making it from scratch. Impressing them would be easy because it has BACON in it! Recipes that include bacon are at the top of my list. I recommend Petit Jean Bacon, of course. I baked the bacon in the oven while I prepped the rest of the ingredients making clean up easy.

I set this Spinach Dip recipe up on a charcuterie board, adding my favorite crackers, chips and veggies for dipping. It was a big hit.

Easy Peasy Pleasy Tips

  • Use a clean kitchen towel to squeeze out excess water from the spinach. Lay a kitchen towel on the counter and place thawed spinach in the middle. Roll up spinach. Use your Popeye arm strength and squeeze out all the water.
  • Use your favorite baking dishes. I used two oven-safe soup bowls, and they were the perfect size. A 2-qt. or 8×8-in. oven-safe dish would be a good size as well.

The Best Spinach Dip


  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 (16-ounce) package of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of water
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic powder and paprika until well combined. Fold in spinach, cooked bacon, Parmesan and 3/4 cups mozzarella cheese. Transfer the spinach mixture to your preferred baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of mozzarella. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm with your favorites…chips, crackers or crostini.

Thank you to Callie Overturf for The Best Spinach Dip Recipe. There are over 800 recipes in the “What’s Cookin’ at First Security Vol. 2,” all submitted by employees and customers. Proceeds from the sales go to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to help feed people across the state. You can purchase the cookbooks for $20 at any First Security Bank location.

For more recipes from the cookbook, click here.

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Well-known Arkansas food writer and recipe creator Lacie Ring was born and raised right here in Arkansas. Although her husband’s military career took them around the world, he and Lacie settled back in their home state. Lacie blogs at www.easypeasypleasy.com where she creates easy and delicious recipes for busy families. She is also a recipe creator and food photographer for brands local to Arkansas and abroad. In her spare time, Lacie enjoys spending time with her son and husband camping and enjoying the outdoors.

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