Crowd-pleasing appetizers don’t have to be costly or time consuming to make — so, if the holiday season left you feeling spent, this is the recipe for you! Next time you are hosting a gathering, these spinach and artichoke zucchini bites are just the kind of thing you need to have on-hand.
The recipe from Like Mother Like Daughter combines two appetizers into one: this is part dip, part bite-size snack, and it’s truly the best of both worlds.
To make things super easy on yourself, you’ll start by buying a pre-made spinach and artichoke dip. The bloggers at Like Mother Like Daughter used the brand La Terra Fina Spinach Artichoke and Parmesan Dip in their version, but you can feel free to choose whatever brand you like the most.
Once you’ve selected the dip you’re using, slice zucchini, spread the dip on top and sprinkle with a layer of cheese. Bake it up, and you’ll yield some adorable, tasty little bite-sized appetizers with little to no effort on your end.
Your guests will be so blown away by how great they’ll taste, they’ll never know it took you hardly any time to make them!
If you don’t mind a little extra work, there’s a recipe from Delish that walks you through the steps to make the spinach and artichoke dip from scratch instead.
This video from the Delish Facebook account shows how to combine lots of cheese, spinach, artichoke hearts, red pepper flakes and more to make a homemade version of your favorite dip before smearing it on top of zucchini and popping it in the oven.
If you prefer the taste and texture of fresh, uncooked zucchini, this recipe from Recipe Runner walks you through the process of creating artichoke dip from scratch using yogurt, cream cheese, lemon zest and a few other ingredients and skipping the baking step to serve up a zucchini slice that’s firm and perfectly crunchy:
On the chance you’re attending a pot luck where you’re expected to bring more of a “dish” than an appetizer — or your family just can’t get enough of these bite-sized snacks — you can swap squash for chicken and make this in the form of a casserole to turn it into a full-on meal.
A recipe from Add A Pinch will show you how this recipe goes from dip to dinner. Serve with a side of zucchini and you’ve got one crowd-pleasing entree.
Whether you make this as an appetizer or a meal, you’re in for one heck of a dining experience — without all of the hassle. We’ll eat to that!