Served right out of the cast iron skillet, this Bacon Spinach Dip with Garlic Knots makes for a fun and tasty Super Bowl appetizer!
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Bacon Spinach Dip
I love a good garlic knot, and I’ve adapted my original garlic knots recipe for this post. (On a side note, I made a Muffin Tin version of garlic knots a couple of years ago. That recipe continues to be one of my most popular each Super Bowl season!) As good as those knots are by themselves, I have to say that they’re even better with this Bacon Spinach Dip. The dip itself comes together quickly in a skillet, and then it gets spooned into the middle of the unbaked garlic knots. Toss the whole shebang in the oven, and out comes this fun appetizer served right in the skillet itself! (Be careful where you set that skillet as it will be very hot.)
I used a homemade pizza dough recipe for the garlic knots, but there are other options if you don’t feel like making your own dough. (On a side note, if you don’t make your own dough this time, then promise me you’ll come back and learn how to make homemade pizza dough some other time. It seriously is amazing!) The easiest option would be to pick up a bag of pizza dough from your local grocery store. Our local store usually has bags of pizza dough for a couple of bucks. (For some reason, they’re in the dairy section. Go figure!)
The in-between dough option is to call a couple local pizza shops and see if any of them sell their dough. One of the key secrets to creating flavor in pizza dough is letting a small portion of the dough ferment overnight. Pizzerias often use a portion of the previous day’s dough when they make the next big batch. If you call around, you’ll likely find a pizza shop that is willing to sell you a ball or two of dough.
No matter which way you go with the dough, this Bacon Spinach Dip is sure to be a party favorite. I know I could barely get the pictures taken before we dug into this skillet of deliciousness! I hope you enjoy this dip as much as we do. After all, if your team isn’t in the big game, then the Super Bowl is just an excuse to get together and eat tasty appetizers with friends. Enjoy!
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Bacon Spinach Dip
For the Garlic Bread
For the Garlic Bread
- Divide the pizza dough into 16 equal pieces.
- Using a circular motion, roll each piece of dough between countertop and palm of your hand until dough ball becomes tight.
- Place a small bowl upside-down in the center of a 9” cast iron skillet. (Tip: The goal should be to create a 3” gap between bowl and sides of the pan.) Place dough balls in a ring around the edge of the skillet.
- Brush tops of dough with olive oil.
- Cover pan lightly with plastic wrap and place in a warm location for 45 minutes, or until dough has risen approximately doubled in size. (Tip: For a warm location, I put the pan in my oven with just the oven light on.) This is a great time to make the dip.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Once dough has risen, remove the bowl in the center and fill with prepared dip.
- Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until tops of garlic bread are lightly browned.
- While skillet is in the oven, melt the butter and stir in the Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, Italian seasoning and kosher salt.
- Remove skillet from oven and brush tops of garlic bread with the garlic butter mixture.
- Crumble cooked bacon on top of the dip.
- Serve hot. (Tip: Use a knife to gently cut apart the pieces of garlic bread.)
For the Bacon Spinach Dip
- Using a medium skillet, add bacon and place over medium-high heat; cook until crisp. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper-towel lined plate. Drain excess grease, but reserve 1 tablespoon in skillet.
- Add spinach and garlic; cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until spinach has wilted.
- Add cream cheese, sour cream and Monterey Jack cheese; cook, stirring occasionally, until cheeses have melted and mixture is well combined. Set dip aside.