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Houston's Chicago-Style Spinach Dip

By Todd Wilbur

Score: 4.00. Votes: 8
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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)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmegiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
On the side
  • Corn tortilla chips
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      1. Mix together the spinach, chopped artichoke hearts, and onion in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then cut a small slit in the center of the wrap so that the steam can sneak out. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Keep the spinach covered while you prepare the cream sauce.

      2. Combine cream, sour cream, Jack cheese, grated Parmegiano Reggiano cheese, and garlic salt in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat. Heat this up slowly for about 10 minutes or until the sauce reaches a simmer and thickens. Just don't let the mixture boil.

      3. Add the spinach mixture to the sauce and continue to heat over medium/low. Cook for about 10 more minutes or until mixture reaches a thick dip-like consistency. Pour into a bowl and serve with tortilla chips for dipping (or crackers, bread, whatever you want).

      Makes 2 cups.

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Score: 4.00. Votes: 8
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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....

Mar 18, 2016, 22:00

I've never been to this restaurant, but this has gotten rave reviews all three times I've made it. A new fav!