I am a sucker for hot cheesy dips. Melted flavorful cheese is hard to resist. Period. Give me a cracker, a chip, or a spoon. I know I’m not alone. The best part of these dips is that they are good all year round. Bring ’em to a pot luck or a party; you won’t disappoint anyone. I am also fond of artichokes. They are great hearty and healthy vegetables that can stand up to a lot of flavor. The combination is perfect as an appetizer, for a midday snack or a light meal …A little reminder that food can taste really good.
As organic as possible:
1 – 12 oz jar Marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1 – 14 oz can Artichoke hearts, drained
8 oz Cream cheese
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 tsp granulated Garlic
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground Black pepper
1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper
3 Scallions (green onion), chopped
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place half of the jar of marinated artichoke hearts into a food processor and set the rest aside. Add the can of drained artichoke hearts, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne and scallions into the processor and pulse (not to liquify) until all is incorporated together.
Chop the remaining marinated artichoke hearts into small bite size pieces. In a large bowl add artichoke mixture, chopped artichokes and Parmesan cheeses. Stir until combined. Check for taste, and adjust seasonings accordingly.
Spoon cheesy artichoke goodness into a medium sized baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, until hot and bubbly (and maybe just starting to brown around the edges). Serve with tortilla chips or crackers. Savor.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman