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Baked Spinach Dip in Bread

This is the only way my kids will eat spinach! The dip can be made ahead and chilled. Place in the bread shell and bake just before company arrives.—Shauna Dittrick, Leduc, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    4 cups


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon dill weed
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 round loaf (1 pound) unsliced sourdough bread
  • Assorted fresh vegetables


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until blended. Stir in the spinach, cheese, bacon, onion, dill and garlic; set aside.
  • Cut a 1-1/2-in. slice off top of bread; set aside. Carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Cube removed bread and place on a baking sheet. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown; set aside.
  • Fill bread shell with spinach dip; replace top. Place any dip that doesn't fit in shell in a greased baking dish. Wrap bread in heavy-duty foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until dip is heated through. Cover and bake additional dip for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Open foil carefully. Serve dip warm with vegetables and reserved bread cubes.
Editor's Note: Fat-free cream cheese and mayonnaise are not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 361 calories, 28g fat (11g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 537mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.
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  • Sally2007
    Apr 20, 2019

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  • ewhite234
    Nov 5, 2015

    Used ingredients as stated. Only change was that I baked it all in a dish and not the bread bowl. Turned out fantastic!!! Great as appetizer or snack for any occasion. Served with crackers or veggies.

  • crysmitchell
    Apr 16, 2014

    This dip was pretty good, but a lot of work.

  • kcrihfield89
    Feb 17, 2014

    This dip is a HUGE hit at parties. The bread bowl really gives it flair.

  • dstorek
    Nov 9, 2013

    So Good Brought this to a Stanford Tailgate Huge hit. Different from the usual Spinach dip So GOOD

  • hairspray61
    Aug 14, 2013

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  • mama7kids
    May 9, 2013

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  • mariammiller
    Nov 24, 2012

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  • jsousa
    Nov 23, 2011

    my husband asks me to make this all the time... People are always asking me to make it for get togethers

  • winterrain
    Nov 20, 2011

    This is simply the best! I would recommend this to all.