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Baked Spinach Dip in Bread Recipe

Baked Spinach Dip in Bread Recipe

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 YIELD:16 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) 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


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until blended. Stir in the spinach, cheese, bacon, onion, dill and garlic; set aside.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 4 cups.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Fat-free cream cheese and mayonnaise are not recommended for this recipe.

Nutritional 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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[email protected] User ID: 7564909 236773
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5044355 60944
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014

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

kcrihfield89 User ID: 5121811 151801
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

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

dstorek User ID: 6751224 92816
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

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

jsousa User ID: 6248982 126633
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2980620 151799
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

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

mammascookin User ID: 2528396 56860
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"I just made this as an appetizer for a birthday party and it disappeared quicker than anything I've ever seen! It was delish!!"

melanie212 User ID: 5101635 60943
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011


fourhoffs User ID: 3868710 74845
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"I have been making this recipe for many years and I love it. I do not always bake in the bread. Most of the time, I bake in a covered dish. It is comparable to one of my favorite restaurants' spinach dip. I serve it at our family Christmas gathering and it is always gone by the end of the evening. I also serve it with pita chips."

beth clark User ID: 1985117 141153
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"made it when first appeared in taste of home been making it ever since- fantastic"

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