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Party-Perfect Pairing: Pumpernickel Bread and Spinach Dip Recipes for Every Occasion – Party-Perfect Pairing


This quick Pumpernickel Bread and Spinach Dip is a match made in appetizer heaven. Who wouldn’t want to indulge in creamy spinach dip made with fresh ingredients? Whether you’re a seasoned home chef or an aspiring cook, get ready to embark on a savory adventure that promises to elevate your culinary repertoire.

Party-Perfect Pairing: Pumpernickel Bread and Spinach Dip Recipes for Every Occasion – Party-Perfect Pairing

Pumpernickel Bread And Spinach Dip Recipe

Homemade spinach dip is an appetizer that always wins over a crowd and can be served year-round. My family loves to enjoy this holiday appetizer during the festive season and in the middle of football madness. This is one of my favorite holiday hacks for sure – specifically when it comes to saving time in the kitchen. All you need is frozen spinach, a loaf of bread, and a few spices.

Keep this delicious dip recipe bookmarked for your next gathering because everyone loves the combination of garlic, spinach, and creamy goodness.

Easy Spinach Dip Bread Bowl Recipe

There are a few different ways to get your seasoning into this fresh spinach dip. I’ve made bread bowl dip recipes a few different ways, such as combining herbs like parsley and thyme from my cabinet. I’ve also turned to vegetable soup mix packets like Knorr and Lipton. Both work wonderfully and, believe it or not – equally taste GREAT.

So, don’t shy away from using dry vegetable soup mixes when it comes to putting together your spinach dip bread bowl. Your guests will love the flavor combinations. It’s all about how much time you – as a hostess – want to put towards this appetizer.

Knorr Spinach Dip Recipe

knorr spinach dipp recipe

A note about the Knorr Dry Vegetable Soup mix: there are about 7 dehydrated peas that you will have to pick out before you mix everything together from the packet. I mean, you don’t HAVE to do this, but I don’t think peas belong in bread dip. Just my personal take. This step takes about 4 seconds. If you want to avoid the “pulling out peas” step, stick to the Lipton dry vegetable soup mix, and you won’t have to worry about this. But honestly, it isn’t a big deal to sort the peas out. It won’t take much time at all.

Spinach Artichoke Dip Ingredients:

  • 1 package, 10 oz, frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1 package, 1.4 oz, dry vegetable soup mix
  • round bread (I used a Pumpernickel party round)
frozen garlic

Do You Live Near A Trader Joe’s?

Can we talk a little bit about frozen garlic cubes? If you live near Trader Joe’s or have access to these Dorot crushed garlic cubes, they are the best things EVER and work wonders for alternatives to this recipe. These were NOT included in the cold spinach dip recipe noted below. It was more of an FYI for you to just buy these if you ever see them and keep them in your freezer for the rest of your life. I haven’t peeled garlic in over a decade.

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How To Make Spinach Dip In Bread Bowl

You do not need to heat this recipe up, which makes it the perfect “make ahead and don’t worry about it” appetizer for guests. One less thing you have to worry about.

Add spinach, sour cream, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, mayonnaise, and soup to a bowl. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

You absolutely do NOT have to refrigerate it overnight. I’m just letting you know that you CAN. You can refrigerate for 30 minutes if that’s all the time that you have. The point is to allow the mixture to combine and settle.

Meanwhile, cut the center out of the bread round and chop it into small pieces. This is what your guests will use to eat the Knorr spinach dip.

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Once the spinach dip is ready to be served, pour the dip into the bread and serve it alongside the bread pieces. Eventually, your guests will begin to rip apart the actual bowl that is housing the homemade spinach dip. That’s all part of the fun!

Creative twists on traditional spinach dip

Elevate your appetizer game with imaginative and delectable twists on the classic spinach dip. Transforming the traditional into a culinary adventure, these creative variations will leave your taste buds tingling and your guests clamoring for more.

  1. Artichoke and Spinach Fusion: Introduce a Mediterranean flair by adding artichoke hearts to your spinach dip. Their buttery texture and slightly tangy taste complement the creaminess of the dip, creating a luxurious blend of flavors.
  2. Bacon Bliss: Elevate your spinach dip by incorporating crispy bacon bits. The smoky, savory notes of bacon add a delightful crunch, turning a beloved classic into a savory symphony of textures.
  3. Spicy Sriracha Spinach Dip: Kick up the heat by infusing your spinach dip with a dash of Sriracha. The subtle heat from the chili sauce adds a bold and spicy dimension, giving your dip a modern and exciting twist.
  4. Goat Cheese Gourmet: Swap out the traditional cream cheese with tangy goat cheese for a sophisticated and creamy spin. The distinctive flavor of goat cheese pairs exceptionally well with spinach, creating a dip that’s both elegant and delicious.
  5. Sun-Dried Tomato Surprise: Introduce a burst of sweetness and umami by incorporating finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Their concentrated flavor profile adds depth and complexity to the dip, making each bite a delightful surprise.
  6. Parmesan and Garlic Infusion: Upgrade your spinach dip with the robust flavors of Parmesan and garlic. Grated Parmesan adds a nutty richness, while minced garlic brings a savory kick, creating a bold and aromatic twist.
  7. Lemon Herb Zest: Freshen up your spinach dip with a burst of citrusy goodness. Add lemon zest and a medley of fresh herbs like dill and chives for a light and refreshing variation that’s perfect for spring and summer gatherings.
  8. Jalapeño Popper Spinach Dip: Channel the spirit of a classic appetizer by incorporating the elements of jalapeño poppers into your spinach dip. Diced jalapeños, cream cheese, and a breadcrumb topping create a spicy and indulgent dip.
  9. Blue Cheese Boldness: Take a bold leap by blending crumbled blue cheese into your spinach dip. The pungent and creamy notes of blue cheese add a distinctive character, making this variation a standout choice for adventurous palates.
  10. Pesto Perfection: Infuse your spinach dip with the vibrant flavors of homemade pesto. The combination of fresh basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, and garlic adds a burst of herbal goodness, transforming your dip into a gourmet masterpiece.

With these creative twists, your spinach dip becomes a canvas for culinary innovation. Experiment with these variations to find your signature spin on this timeless appetizer, and let your taste buds revel in the exciting symphony of flavors.

Spinach Dip Garnishing Ideas:

Enhance the visual appeal and flavor profile of your spinach dip with these creative and tantalizing garnishing ideas. Elevate this classic appetizer to a new level of sophistication, making it a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds.

  1. Fresh Herb Sprinkle: Finely chop a medley of fresh herbs like parsley, chives, and dill. Sprinkle them generously over the spinach dip for a burst of color and a fragrant herbal aroma.
  2. Edible Flower Petals: Delicately place edible flower petals, such as nasturtiums or pansies, on the surface of the dip. Not only do they add a pop of color, but they also bring an elegant and garden-fresh touch.
  3. Microgreens Magic: Garnish your spinach dip with a handful of microgreens like arugula or radish sprouts. These tiny, vibrant greens not only add a visual appeal but also contribute a subtle peppery flavor.
  4. Toasted Pine Nut Crunch: Toasted pine nuts provide a delightful crunch and a nutty flavor that complements the creamy dip. Sprinkle them generously over the top for an added layer of texture.
  5. Citrus Zest Zing: Grate lemon or lime zest over the spinach dip for a citrusy zing. This not only brightens up the flavors but also adds a visually appealing touch.
  6. Parmesan Shavings: Use a vegetable peeler to create thin Parmesan shavings. Arrange these delicate curls on the surface of the dip for an elegant and savory garnish.
  7. Smoked Paprika Swirl: Create an artistic swirl of smoked paprika on the top of your spinach dip. The earthy and smoky notes add depth to the flavor while making a visually striking statement.
  8. Sundried Tomato Ribbons: Slice sundried tomatoes into thin ribbons and arrange them in a decorative pattern on the dip. The sweet and tangy tomatoes provide both visual interest and a burst of flavor.
  9. Caramelized Onion Crown: Top your spinach dip with a crown of caramelized onions. The sweet and savory notes of the onions complement the creamy dip, creating a sophisticated presentation.
  10. Balsamic Drizzle: Drizzle a balsamic reduction in an artful pattern over the spinach dip. The sweet and tangy balsamic adds complexity to the flavors and creates an elegant finishing touch.
  11. Everything Bagel Seasoning Sprinkle: Embrace the trendy everything bagel seasoning by sprinkling it over your spinach dip. The mix of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, and onion adds a savory and textured twist.
  12. Sliced Radish Rosettes: Create delicate rosettes from thinly sliced radishes and arrange them in a circular pattern on the dip. The crisp and peppery radishes provide a refreshing contrast.

Experiment with these garnishing ideas to turn your spinach dip into a masterpiece that not only delights the taste buds but also captivates the eyes. Let your creativity shine as you transform this classic appetizer into a visually stunning and irresistibly delicious dish.

best bread for spinach dip


  1. Q: Can I use regular rye flour instead of dark rye for Pumpernickel Bread?
    • A: Absolutely! While dark rye gives Pumpernickel its distinct color and flavor, you can use regular rye flour for a lighter version with a milder taste.
  2. Q: Can I make Spinach Dip ahead of time?
    • A: Absolutely! Prepare the Spinach Dip a day in advance and refrigerate. The flavors often meld and intensify, creating an even more delicious dip.
  3. Q: Can I use frozen spinach for Spinach Dip?
    • A: Yes, frozen spinach works well. Thaw and drain it thoroughly before incorporating it into the dip.
  4. Q: What can I substitute for cream cheese in Spinach Dip?
    • A: Greek yogurt, sour cream, or mayonnaise can be used as cream cheese alternatives, offering varied textures and flavors.
  5. Q: How do I prevent my Spinach Dip from becoming watery?
    • A: Ensure spinach is well-drained and pat it dry with paper towels. Using thick, full-fat dairy products also helps maintain the dip’s consistency.

Recipe Variations

  1. Sundried Tomato and Feta Twist: Enhance your Spinach Dip by adding sundried tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese for a Mediterranean-inspired flavor burst.
  2. Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip: Elevate your classic Spinach Dip with the addition of crispy bacon bits and a generous amount of shredded cheddar or Gruyère cheese.
  3. Buffalo Chicken Spinach Dip: Transform your dip into a spicy delight by incorporating shredded buffalo chicken, hot sauce, and blue cheese crumbles for a zesty kick.
  4. Jalapeño Artichoke Pumpernickel: Add a kick to your Pumpernickel Bread by mixing diced jalapeños into the dough and serve it alongside a creamy Spinach Dip with artichoke hearts.
  5. Parmesan and Garlic Pumpernickel Twists: Infuse your Pumpernickel Bread with the robust flavors of Parmesan and garlic for a savory twist that pairs beautifully with a classic Spinach Dip.

Experimenting with these variations ensures that your Pumpernickel Bread and Spinach Dip experience is always fresh, exciting, and tailored to your taste preferences.

Cooking Tips

  • If you’d like to add a few ingredients to this recipe, consider chopped tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, green onions, red peppers, chopped spinach, artichokes, and additional cheeses like mozzarella and cream cheese. However, you can only add additional cheeses if you decide to make this dish baked.
  • Sprinkle a few bread cubes around the base of your dish and top with spinach leaves for decoration. You can also have a secondary medium bowl available filled with pre-chopped bread cubes to allow your guests easy access to the dip.
  • Make sure you sharpen your serrated knife before handling your pumpernickel loaf. It will provide a much cleaner cut for you.
  • Consider making this dish a meal by adding cooked (and cooled) cubed chicken breasts to the mix.
  • Everyone loves finger foods at a party. You might want to offer a few different options on your plate – like carrots, tortilla chips, and crackers. This will allow the guests to enjoy different flavor profiles while enjoying the spinach mixture.
  • If you don’t want to serve pumpernickel, consider sourdough bread. A loaf of pumpernickel isn’t always easy to come across!
spinach dip recipe in bread bowl

If you are looking for other appetizers to serve to guests, consider my meatball sliders,  mac and cheese bites, fresh feta dip, strawberry bruschetta baguettes, or my honey apple pear crostinis. YUM! Otherwise, hope you will print this recipe below and share it with friends.

The best occasions to serve Pumpernickel and Spinach Dip

Pumpernickel and Spinach Dip is a versatile and crowd-pleasing appetizer that can elevate various occasions. Here are some of the best moments and events to serve this delightful combination:

  1. Holiday Gatherings: Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other festive celebration, Pumpernickel and Spinach Dip adds a touch of warmth and indulgence to holiday feasts.
  2. Cocktail Parties: The bite-sized portions and flavorful profile make this duo an excellent choice for cocktail parties. It’s easy to serve and encourages mingling among guests.
  3. Game Day Parties: Elevate the game day snack table with Pumpernickel and Spinach Dip. Its hearty and satisfying nature makes it a perfect addition for sports enthusiasts.
  4. Potluck Dinners: When you need a dish that travels well and appeals to a diverse group of people, Pumpernickel and Spinach Dip is a go-to option for potluck dinners.
  5. Brunch Gatherings: Add a savory twist to your brunch spread by featuring Pumpernickel and Spinach Dip. It pairs well with a variety of breakfast and brunch items.
  6. Family Reunions: Bring together generations with a dish that appeals to a wide range of palates. Pumpernickel and Spinach Dip can be a nostalgic favorite for many family members.
  7. Office Potlucks: Impress your colleagues with a homemade dish during office potlucks. The combination of bread and dip is easy to share and enjoy during workplace celebrations.
  8. Dinner Parties: Kick off a dinner party with an appetizer that sets the tone for a memorable evening. Pumpernickel and Spinach Dip can be an elegant starter for formal gatherings.

I absolutely love this pumpernickel spinach dip and I have a feeling that you do, too. Nothing beats this creamy spinach dip recipe and I cannot wait for you to give it a shot.

creamy spinach dip recipe

Whether you’re enticed by the bold twists on tradition or the health-conscious appeal of these dishes, we hope this exploration has sparked a newfound passion for the art of bread-making and dip-crafting. So, embrace the kitchen as your canvas, experiment with the nuances of dark rye, and let the spinach dip variations be a testament to your culinary creativity. May your Pumpernickel Bread and Spinach Dip endeavors be filled with joy.

knorr spinach dip

Easy Spinach Dip In Bread Bowl Recipe

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 package, 10 oz, frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder 
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1 package, 1.4 oz, dry vegetable soup mix
  • 1 round bread (I used a Pumpernickel party round)


    Add spinach, sour cream, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, mayonnaise, and soup to a bowl. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate between 30 minutes and 24 hours.

    Meanwhile, cut the center out of a bread round and chop into small pieces. This is what your guests will use to eat the Knorr spinach dip. 

    Once the spinach dip is ready to be served, pour the dip into bread and serve alongside the bread pieces. Eventually, your guests will begin to rip apart the actual bowl that is housing the homemade spinach dip. That's all part of the fun! Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 476mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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