Baked Spinach Dip Loaf Recipe
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Baked Spinach Dip Loaf Recipe

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Any round loaf works as a serving bowl for this cream-cheesy dip, with spinach, cheddar, water chestnuts and, yes, bacon. Scoop the dip with the extra bread and veggies—then eat the bowl! —Frieda Meding, Trochu, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 6 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 green onions, chopped, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 unsliced round loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread
  • Cucumber slices

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup dip: 254 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 334mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Reserve 1 tablespoon crumbled bacon for topping. Beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in spinach, water chestnuts, 1 cup cheese, half of the green onions, garlic, seasonings and remaining bacon.
  2. Cut a 1-1/2-in. slice off top of bread. Hollow out the bottom, leaving a 1/2-in.-thick shell. Cut all removed bread into cubes for serving. Fill shell with dip. Wrap in heavy-duty foil, tenting foil over dip. Bake on a baking sheet 1-1/4 hours.
  3. Open foil carefully, allowing steam to escape. Sprinkle dip with remaining cheese and green onion and the reserved bacon. Bake until cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes. Serve warm with cucumber and cubed bread. Yield: 16 servings (1/4 cup each).
Originally published as Baked Spinach Dip Loaf in Taste of Home February/March 2002, p18

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shannondobos User ID: 5115022 259302
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2017

"I made this three times over the holiday season. The first, I made it exactly as written, and it was amazing. The second time I only had half the cream cheese called for, but still made it. You honestly couldn't even tell there was only half the cream cheese in's just that rich and delicious. The third time I made it vegetarian and left out the bacon (and repeated the method with half the cream cheese since it worked so well the first time). Again, it was SO good. I feel like you just can't go wrong with this dip!"

licorice lover User ID: 5650127 257751
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2016

"This is the very best recipe I have ever tried and I plan on serving it twice in the next week. I added one envelope of dry Knorr veggie soup, straight into the mixture. Just adds a little something. Keep them coming! !!! Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!"

afinegem User ID: 8047409 256723
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2016

"can someone please tell me were u get the aged bacon i have never heard of it.. would love to try this recipe and can u use regular bacon or does it get to soggy thanks."

Kasha User ID: 179140 59341
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"Turns out great every time, have also used the towel trick to transport and it keeps nice and warm,! Thanks"

cindiak User ID: 221828 34296
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"Made this for a Super Bowl party and it was a big hit. I made it the night before and popped it in the oven before the party."

MY REVIEW User ID: 5774466 43994
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"Awesome!! The only thing I changed was adding a small diced onion since I didn't have any green ones ...really good and it's in my recipe book... thanks for sharing!!"

wrenjen523 User ID: 7407554 33896
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"I served this at Sunday Brunch. I took it warm from the oven and wrapped it in a bath towel to keep it warm from the oven to brunch, and it was gone within minutes of being open. I'm even now getting requests for review. I used a hollowed out loaf, that didn't leave a lot of bread for dipping so I brought pita chips which were just as amazingly good, as well as an extra loaf of bread."

god'slillgirl User ID: 5389671 204744
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"I have made this recipie so many time & every one loves it!! When we host parties or go to parties people ask me if I can make it. My siblings who are picky even like it & that is saying a lot ;) It tastes really good if you slightly toast the bread cubes so that they are a light brown. I normaly just use the inside of a circle loaf that I have hollowed & use a bagett & that is enough! This is deffinatly the best!!!"

HollyBarnes User ID: 1745394 204743
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"I make this dip when my husbands family comes to visit. Everyone loves it, I usually make it up the night before and put it in the fridge til the next day. Instead of using the sourdough bread I use the round Kings Hawaiian bread, it taste excellent."

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