Hot Artichoke Dip

hot artichoke dip (gluten-free recipe)

Want an easy-to-prepare dip that your guests are bound to look forward to year after year? Look no further. A rich mixture of cream cheese, mayo, Parm and a generous helping of jarred, marinated artichokes — enlivened by a touch of cayenne — is baked until bubbling and hot. My family traditionally serves it with tortilla chips, but pretzels or crackers also pair well (all gluten-free varieties, of course).

Hot Artichoke Dip

(adapted from Mariann Hilton or Jeannie Doyle, via an unknown source)

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Baking Time: 20 – 30 minutes

Makes: About 2 cups dip

Ingredients

Dip:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temp
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • 12 ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and broken in half¹
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For serving:

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F or 375°F (either works!). In a small mixing bowl (2-quart)², stir together softened cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Add Parmesan; stir until evenly distributed. Stir in artichoke hearts — no need to be gentle, I like when they break up a bit more (particularly the frilly top parts). Stir in cayenne to taste — 1/2 teaspoon will lend a bit of kick if you prefer a spicier dip. Spoon mixture into a 4-cup or two 2-cup ovenproof dishes (keep in mind: this is what it’ll be served in). Sprinkle about 1 – 2 tablespoons Parmesan over top, along with a few grinds of black pepper.

DO AHEAD: Dip may be made through this point, covered and refrigerated for several days before baking straight from the fridge.

Place in preheated oven and bake for 20 – 30 minutes, or until bubbling and nicely browned on top (it may look a little greasy around the edges, but that will reincorporate itself after about a minute — or it can be blotted off with a paper towel). Serve hot with your chosen accompaniment(s).

Notes

¹ Twelve ounce jars of marinated artichoke hearts are available at Trader Joe’s. Six (and a half) ounce jars are more commonly stocked by other grocers, just use two jars of those.

² Can also use a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachement from start to finish.

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