Simple Spicy Artichoke Party Dip

 

 

Spicy Artichoke Party Dip.

 

A basic artichoke dip consists of little more than artichokes, mayonnaise and some kind of cheese.  These are then blended and cooked in the oven and served with crackers or bread.  Believe me, this basic version is usually a hit at parties, but if you really want your dip to stand out you’ve got to try my spicy version.

 

My husband and I recently went to a restaurant featuring “Southwest” cooking.  I’d been there years ago and was pleasantly surprised to find it was still in business.  I was even happier to discover they offered one of my old favorites—their really spicy artichoke dip.  This dip is typically served with warm bread and delivers a real kick.  However, from past trips I knew the restaurant made delicious homemade tortillas that made it even better.

 

Artichoke dip, anyone?

I tried out several experiments before coming up with this recipe. Lucky me!

I don’t know why, but some restaurants have certain appetizers that are better than anything else on the menu—and this is definitely one of them.  In fact, their dip is so good I pushed Hubby to go back twice since our first visit.  Hurray I thought!  Here’s a new place I can really get behind!

 

Unfortunately, Hubby wasn’t buying.  He loved the dip, but most of the food on the menu was too spicy for his tastes.   And since the restaurant’s a little farther out of our way than some others we frequent, I decided I needed a good alternative to tie me over in the meantime.

 

I’ve now tried this several times on Hubby and friends and the reviews were all thumbs up.  Why not give it go and let me know what you think.

 

Let’s Gather The Ingredients

 

For this dip, we’ll need:

 

Dice Green Chiles give this recipe some heat.

I used about half a can of these diced green chiles.

1-1/2 cups artichoke hearts chopped (canned and not marinated)

1-1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese grated

2/3 cup mayonnaise

1/2 can diced canned green chilies (use more for more heat)

1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper flakes (again, add more for more heat)

Looks like I'll have garlic breath tonight.

Crush and add in 3 garlic cloves.

1/2 red bell pepper finely chopped (or two mini red bell peppers).

3 cloves fresh garlic crushed

2-4 tablespoons bread crumbs.

 

Preparation

 

This goes together quick so start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

 

Our dip is ready to eat.

I love that little extra zing the spice gives to the dip.

Next grab a small mixing bowl and add all the ingredients, except the breadcrumbs.  Then stir until everything is well combined.  Scoop the dip into an oven-safe serving dish such as a ramekin and sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs.  Once the oven is heated, bake for about 30 minutes—until the edges (and crumbs) start to turn brown.  Tastes best warm so allow to cool a few minutes before serving.

 

This dip goes great on fresh baguettes, or if you have some really good fresh tortillas that’s even better.

 

Enjoy!

 

If you enjoyed this recipe and need a great party beverage
accompaniment, see our recipe for: Super Simple Sangria.

 

 

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