I want to say that this post is "classic Susie hyperbole" (insert snotty chuckle here). But it's not. If I had a soul to sell, I would sell it for this recipe.
So here we are on the second day of my LOVE challenge (to show you things I love and also to force myself at font point to blog more). The food love of my life is: Hot Artichoke Dip.
You might be shocked to know that it isn't McDonald's. Obviously, McDonald's has a super special place in my heart - literally in my heart where it has clogged all my arteries with McNuggets, fries, and dreams. I actually don't know if I could eat McDonald's everyday and I'm not about to play Morgan Spurlock with my life, but this recipe for Artichoke Dip, I might be able to go 365 and by just fine. I'll also be wearing elastic pants, but some things are just worth it.
I think what separates this recipe from all the other artichoke dip recipes out there is the shear ratio of cheeses and mayonnaise to actual artichoke. It's shocking. And fantastic.
My mother-in-law and I had a recipe for artichoke dip that we used to use religiously. We thought it was pretty good and it usually received a decent amount of praise and "can I get that recipe?" comments when we'd take it out. THEN, she found this recipe - I think in a magazine? - and our lives have never, ever, ever been the same. In comparison, that original recipe must have tasted like dog food compared to this one.
The first time we made it, people at the party ate it as a side dish during dinner (we'd set it out as an appetizer). Obviously, we could never go back to the dog food original (it didn't actually taste like dog food, but it was like "seeing the light" and never being able to go back).
Of all the recipes I have, I believe this is the best. It's idiot proof (I can say this because Chuck has made it so I have anecdotal evidence to back me up). It's always a hit - who doesn't like melted cheese dip with a hint of artichoke in it? The one problem is that it isn't the most cost effective recipe to make, but even when we couldn't afford a Christmas tree...somehow we afforded this at parties. Priorities people - I can haz them.
It is the appetizer love of my life.
I hope it becomes yours too.
Here's how to make it (lucky you I just happened to be whipping up a batch for Jessica's Super Bowl party so we have pictures):
The miracle workers:
12 ounces shredded mozzarella
1 cup mayo
1 cup shredded Parmesan
8 oz soft cream cheese
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 small jars of artichoke hearts, drained, patted dry, and chopped.
Mix everything (except the artichoke) in a big bowl with a hand mixer until it looks well Incorporated and is playing nice together.
Add the artichokes. I'd like to point out with the help of this picture the ratio of artichokes to everything else. Like I said before, this really could be called Cheese and Mayo dip with the essence of artichoke sprinkled in like baby kisses.
Pour into a bowl - the mother in law uses a quiche plate, I use a bigger corning ware type. The use of different bake ware has so far not caused a rift.
You do not have to hug your bowl unless you feel compelled to like I did. But you should paint your nails - yikes. Look at those things.
Bake for 30 minutes and 350. Serve with sliced baguette or wheat thins or triscuits (if your husband likes triscuits. Mine doesn't and they are basically banned from the house. He oppresses me.)
Artichoke dip. The culinary love of my life.