Baked 3 Cheese Spinach and Artichoke Dip

2 Tablespoons – Butter/ Oil
4 cloves – garlic, grated
1 cup – Onion, chopped
One 6oz bag – Fresh spinach leaves, chopped
14 oz – Artichoke hearts in water
1/2 Teaspoon – Pepper
Salt, to taste
For cheese sauce
3 Tablespoons – Butter
4 tablespoons – All-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups – Milk
4 oz– Cream cheese
1 Cup – Pepper jack cheese, grated
3/4 Cup – Mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 Teaspoon – Pepper
Salt, to taste
1/2 Cup – Mozzarella cheese, grated
Take a heavy bottomed skillet and melt the butter.
Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
Add onions and saute them until they become translucent.
Add spinach and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Cook spinach until most of the water from spinach evaporates
Add artichokes and then cook for another 2-3 minutes
Take the skillet of the heat and set it aside
For the cheese sauce, melt butter in a pan.
Add the flour and whisk to form a paste/ roux and cook for a minute. This takes out the raw taste of the flour
Pour milk into the roux whisking it continuously in order to avoid lumps of flour.
Simmer the mixture until the sauce thickens
Add cream cheese, pepper jack and mozzarella and mix well
Season with salt and pepper
Mix in the spinach artichoke mixture and transfer it to a baking dish
Top with grated mozzarella cheese and bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
If you want your cheese to brown on top, turn of the broiler for 2-5 minutes
Serve warm with your favorite chips