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Houston's Chicago-Style Spinach Dip

By Todd Wilbur


Score: 4.11. Votes: 9
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These days just about every casual dining chain has its version of this appetizer: spinach and artichoke hearts mixed with cheese and spices, served up hot with chips or crackers for dipping. Making the rounds over the years, I've tried many of them, and most formulas are nearly identical. That is, except for this one. Houston's makes their spinach dip special by using a blend of sour cream, Monterey Jack cheese and Parmegiano Reggiano—the ultimate Parmesan cheese. Parmegiano Reggiano is born in Italy and is usually aged nearly twice as long as other, more common Parmesan cheeses. That ingredient makes the big difference in this dip. So hunt down some of this special Parm at your well-stocked market or gourmet store, and you'll find out why Houston's spinach dip has been one of the most requested recipe clones here at TSR.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • One 12-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped canned artichoke hearts (not marinated)
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David Sweedler
Apr 7, 2018, 08:42

For those who want a stronger more Italian flavor, try using fresh Mozz instead of jack cheese. Also an imported pecorino romano is an option as it is sharper and very authentic and less expensive than imported parm cheese. The domestic parms in blocks are much improved and can sometimes save bucks compared to the DOC parma reggiano. Italians love to add black pepper, freshly grated nutmeg and fresh minced garlic o spinach dishes so that is an option over the standard garlic salt. A Florentine style spinach dip. And hard breadsticks would not be out of place either for dipping.

Matts Mom
Oct 22, 2017, 07:49

I was at Houston's last week & had this & I made this last nite & it tastes nothing like their dip. It is very bland. I won't make this again. I love Todd tho, we own several of his cookbooks & lots of his recipes have been big hits in our house unfortunately this wasn't one of them....

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