Oh my gosh, Friday just couldn’t come fast enough this week! Not to take things to cocktail party banter, but can we talk about the weather for a minute? I just dropped my daughter to school and the car thermometer read 3º. And I know that’s high compared to what folks in the Midwest are experiencing!! Ever since the government shut-down, I’ve been thinking about how we all need a little shut-down time—you know, just have everything stop for a few days—-no work, school, emails,—like an enforced rest where we all hunker down, crank up the heat, turn on the TV to binge watch something we’ve been meaning to, and chow down on warm, decadent goodies. Which segues me perfectly to me this Amazing Hot Artichoke Dip, hot being the operative word here. Whether you’re watching the Super Bowl or not this weekend, believe me, you need this body temperature raising deliciousness in your life! Oh and by the way, Happy February (or is that a contradiction in terms?)
If you’re a fan of artichoke dips, then you know that there are artichoke dips and there are artichoke dips— the ones where you find yourself saying things like, “this is definitely my last bite” as you find yourself scooping and dunking again and again and again. This is one of those so you might want to buy that big bag of crackers or chips to ensure enough dippable material.
Of course, you could always just use a spoon! Cheesy, creamy and loaded with garlicky, artichoke-y flavor who needs a cracker?!!
Also, this dip is super easy to make—just dump all the ingredients into a bowl, stir ‘em up, scrape into a casserole dish and bake. If you’re looking for a stress-free appetizer for any Super Bowl shindigs you’re hosting or going to, this would be perfection!
And though everyone knows that it’s the snacky foods that make the SB party (am I right?) maybe you feel the need to serve some sort of entree-like, main course too. Not to worry, I’ve got you covered there with some tried and true favorites that’ll warm and fill the tummies of all your football fans (and all of you who are just in it for the food too!)
Wanna know something funny? We’re traveling for hockey on Sunday and will definitely make it home in time for the game but unless I can get my act together before we leave and whip something up to have for when we get back, we will likely just order in a pizza!! Ironic, huh?!! Can’t wait to live vicariously and hear about all of your Super Bowl food fun. Have a safe, delicious and warm weekend!!!
Amazing Hot Artichoke Dip
Yields a 9-inch square baking dish worth—enough for at least 8 people, more if it’s not the only dip you’re serving
Prep Time: 10 minutes; Bake Time: 30-35 minutes
2 cups mayonnaise
2 cans artichoke hearts, drained well, patted dry and cut into quarters
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans mild green chopped chiles
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan, divided
A few shakes of red pepper flakes
Generous pinch kosher salt and black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place the mayo, artichokes, garlic, chiles, 1 cup of the Parmesan, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper into a medium bowl and mix together well. Taste and add more spices if needed. Scrape the mixture into a baking dish (I used a 10-inch square pan that I know is not a traditional size—use whatever you have. Spread it out evenly and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup Parm across the top.
2. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the mixture is golden brown and bubbly. Serve immediately with crackers. pita chips, tortilla chips or even toasted slices of baguette.
Note: Recipe adapted from a 2016 issue of Bon Appetit Magazine. I left out the can of pimientos ‘cause I just don’t understand the appeal. Use if you do.