Gluten-Free Baked Spinach Ricotta Dip

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This Baked Spinach Ricotta Dip is a modern version of the classic hot spinach dip. The creamy hot dip is made with fresh spinach, ricotta cheese, lemon juice, green onions, garlic, spices and Parmesan cheese.

What I love about this spinach ricotta dip is the creaminess without the extra calories.

Most dips are made with mayonnaise, cream and rich cheeses. However, I believe that you can get the same results with ricotta cheese and the right seasoning. This low-carb hot dip is undoubtedly better for the waistline!

quick and easy spinach ricotta dip recipe,

If you have company coming and you are busy preparing a delicious meal, setting the table and making sure everything is perfect, you have less time for appetizers. And let us be honest, typically, hot appetizers take almost as much time as the main course.

 

baked spinach ricotta dip in a bowl with crackers and snow peas

 

the simple details…

For this hot dip you will need only ten minutes hands on, and you can make the dip in advance. Once your guests arrive, just pop it in the oven for 15 minutes or so. What takes most of the time is preparing the fresh spinach. Or, you can try our delicious keto hot pizza dip.

 

fresh spinach leaves

 

Spinach is a nutritionally packed leafy green plant. Spinach is rich in iron, vitamin C and E, potassium, magnesium and fiber. One cup of cooked spinach contains 4 grams of fiber. And the best part, 1 cup of spinach contains only 41 calories. 

using fresh spinach gives the dip the best flavour and texture,

You will need about five minutes to get the fresh spinach ready. Fresh spinach, not frozen, makes all the difference in flavour. I find frozen spinach has watery and tasteless.

So, back to the recipe. First, you have to wilt the spinach and then roughly chop it. Once this is done, mix everything and place it in an oven-proof serving dish. At this point, you can refrigerate the dip.

 

wilted spinach

 

When ready, bake the dip until hot and bubbling. Keep in mind that once you refrigerate the dip, allow extra minutes for baking.

 That is it! The one thing I must stress is using a good quality ricotta cheese for the best results. If you are adventurous, make homemade ricotta. Done!

Serve the dip hot with gluten-free crackerscorn chips or fresh veggies. I enjoy the ricotta dip as is. All I need is a big spoon because it’s that good!

Or, I spread it over a toast and enjoy it as a light meal. But that’s me. I just adore this hot dip! Another quick appetizer I often make is the Grain-Free Keto Cheese Chips

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil plus some for topping
  • 8 oz. fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups good quality ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. GF ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. GF ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
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    Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F
  • Using a large non-stick pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add spinach and cook briefly until just wilted. About 1 minute. Cool slightly and roughly chop
  • Using a large bowl, combine ricotta, spinach, lemon juice, green onions, garlic, salt, black pepper, nutmeg and half the Parmesan cheese
  • Transfer mixture into a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly
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    5 Responses to Gluten-Free Baked Spinach Ricotta Dip

    • Meyka December 31, 2020

      Absolutely delicious!

      • Kristina January 1, 2021

        thank you!

    • Celeste July 21, 2021

      I brought this to a 4th of July party & EVERYONE loved it! It was a huge hit & so easy to make!! I’m adding this to my party dishes!!

      • Kristina July 30, 2021

        thank you Celeste!

    • Rebecca. R April 4, 2022

      love it, light and flavourful, and yet creamy spinach dip.

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