Meatless Monday: Creamy Artichoke Dip
What an awesome weekend! As I mentioned previously, it was the big birthday/going-away celebration for my friend Leslie who is moving to Brazil. I was so relieved and happy that our dinner at Suzy Wong’s on Friday night went smoothly. Well, I guess smoothly is an understatement- everyone was raving about it both during and after! The NYC’ers in particular were blown away by how much delicious food we got for the price. So much so that a small group of them even went back hours later after some dancing at Tribe and ate again! Two dinners at one restaurant in one night. I’d say they liked it, wouldn’t you? ;-)
Saturday night was house party night, and we had loads of good food to munch on, including this dip that was a pretty huge hit. The measurements I’ve included below make one 8×8 dish, but since we were expecting around 40 people, I doubled the recipe, creating 2 dishes. That worked out perfectly because we were able to put one out early in the evening, and then another one later in the party when people started to get the munchies after a few glasses of wine. The original recipe I used didn’t call for goat cheese, but I had some on hand and thought it would add a good kick of flavor. Smart choice! This will definitely be the way I make it from here on out.
Creamy Artichoke Dip
Makes 6 servings (approx 1/3 cup). Adapted from Cooking Light.
2 oz block-style reduced fat cream cheese, softened
2 oz goat cheese, softened
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
3 Tbsp grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1- 12 oz package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped (I use Trader Joe's brand)
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine the first 9 ingredients in a large bowl; stir until well blended. Stir in artichoke hearts. Spoon artichoke mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until artichoke mixture is hot and begins to brown*. Serve warm.
*I put mine under the broiler for just a minute or so to give it a little extra color.
This looks great! I can’t believe it is from Cooking Light! I’ll have to remember this one for our fall parties :)
Thanks for the recipe – love the goat cheese addition. A new twist on a favorite dish. I love your serving tray too!! Where the heck did you get that thing?
Hey Mandy- it’s actually 2 different sets of dishes. I love the cute 4 piece set that is holding the carrots, celery and crackers! It’s from Ikea. Got it there when I was in Atlanta over the summer. The one with the dip is a pyrex dish that came as a set of 2, with lids. I think I ordered them from Amazon…
Sounds yummy and I just RVSP’d for a Halloween potluck party so this may be perfect to bring.
Beth- this look AMAZING!! I can’t wait to make this. and neither can my husband!
Hey lovely lady! Love artichoke dip so I will definitely be trying this! So I was thinking this morning (I know it’s early but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday) that we should get some other food bloggers together and do some kind of fun virtual thanksgiving dinner where each food blogger comes to the table with their favorite Thanksgiving recipe. Could be fun! Thoughts? Not sure how we’d do it but I’ll think on it. There’s got to be a fun way to go about it :)
Jacklyn- LOVE that idea! I’ll think on it too and we can exchange thoughts via email soon!
YUM! I was just looking at the frozen artichokes in my freezer yesterday and thinking about making artichoke dip. Perfecto!
Wow, that artichoke dip looks to die for! I love to just steam them sometimes and eat for dinner. AMAZING!
This looks like a perfect holiday appetizer!
Okay, so I saved this from the first time I saw it. Mind if I post it on my site? I made it for Thanksgiving!!! :) I made a double-batch and everyone devoured it!
I definitely don’t mind if you post it! So glad that everyone enjoyed :-)
Do you people have a facebook fan page? I looked for one on twitter but could not discover one, I would really like to become a fan!
Yes! Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/EatDrinkSmile/155296087817101
or there is an icon on my Home page that will take you directly there as well.
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