Artichoke or Mushroom Dip

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

Want an easy recipe that's sure to please? This dip is great for parties -- with plenty of variations depending on what's available, including one that's dairy-free.

Artichoke dip is a wonderful “special treat” for a party (I first had it at an after-the-hurricane party).  Even if you don’t have an oven, you can bake it on the stove.

If you can’t get artichokes, you can also make it with canned mushrooms.  And for those with a milk allergy, there’s a dairy-free alternative!

Using mushrooms, we could find the ingredients in almost every town larger than a fishing village.  And I’ve never had leftovers when I’ve taken this to a party!

Artichoke Dip

1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (not marinated work best, but marinated can be used if you drain them well)

1 cup mayonnaise OR light mayonnaise (fat free mayonnaise or any type of Miracle Whip does NOT work well)

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese OR other mild cheese that will melt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all the ingredients and place them in a baking dish — a pie pan, pizza pan, or small cake pan work well, but use whatever you have.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees until lightly browned and bubbly on top.

Serve hot with your favorite crackers.

Variations:

  • Add some chiles or hot peppers
  • Substitute canned mushrooms for all or part of the artichokes (bits and pieces work well, or roughly chop larger mushrooms)
  • Sprinkle crumbled bacon over the top
  • Add some diced ham or chicken bits to make a heartier dish — canned ham or chicken work well
  • Add up to 2 cups chopped fresh spinach or 1/2 cup frozen spinach, well dried (canned spinach does NOT work well)
  • Add some minced garlic or garlic powder
  • Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce

For someone who can’t eat milk products at all, remove a portion before adding the cheese and bake it separately – it’s not quite the same, but it’s still tasty!

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Comments

  1. Katrina Drahos says:

    This sounded so good I tried it last night. The problem was I only had marinated artichokes and fat free mayonnaise. I figured the oil from the artichokes may help out the Fat Free mayonnaise. I shook off the artichokes but did not drain them and followed the instructions. I also added some chopped fresh spinach as suggested. The recipe came out great! It was so easy too. Thanks, we will be having this again.

    PS I found your website in the latest edition of Living Aboard that my husband gave me for Christmas, the site is great, I have spent the last 2 days combing it. I have found a ton of info! I plan to try out the bread next.

  2. Not only does this sounds delicious, but only 3 ingredients! How easy is that?! Gonna try this really soon. Thanks for another great recipe!

  3. Candy Ann Williams on Facebook says:

    One of my favorites!!

  4. First time I had it was at an after-the-hurricane party where the eye had passed directly overhead. (It’s a lot more entertaining to look down on the eye in satellite photos than to look up at it from the deck of your boat, even when you are in a hurricane hole.) A very fitting celebratory treat, as all of the occupied boats came through with no major damage!

  5. Candy Ann Williams on Facebook says:

    I know what you mean about the eye of a hurricane. We rode out Dolly on our boat (in a good hurricane hole) and the eye went over. The only good thing about it was our dog got to go “potty” LOL.

  6. Glad that you’re now laughing about it!

  7. Candy Ann Williams on Facebook says:

    For sure. It wasn’t that strong but did go on for a LONG time. Don’t want to have to do that again-but we try to be ready for it-if you know hat I mean.

  8. Oh, do I know . . . 5 times we were within 50 miles of the eye of a named storm . . .preparation is the name of the game!

  9. Candy Ann Williams on Facebook says:

    Ugh!! That is a lot of storms. We have been fortunate. Only rode out two….the others we had to leave her tied-it certainly was a good feeling to get back and find all was well.

    Have a good week….

  10. Well, for one we were in the US while Que Tal was in Puerto Vallarta, and two were pretty degraded by the time they went by us (we did learn a few lessons about where NOT to be and when)!

  11. Candy Ann Williams on Facebook says:

    We were in Texas for all of them. The last was the biggest and we were way down south and was lucky enough to be able to go up the arroyo Colorado. It is a GREAT place to ride one out.

  12. Add cooked or canned crab to the artichocks and you have a crab artichock dip! So many possible variations and so yummy!

  13. luckyjenjen says:

    i know you say mayonnaise substitutes do not work, but what if you really really cannot stand mayonnaise? (or salad cream)
    cream cheese? Greek yogurt? anything? please suggest something as this sounds too nice too pass up. . .

    • You really don’t taste mayo at all, it totally mixes with the other ingredients so you might not dislike it at all (mayo is basically eggs and oil). For an alternative, I’d try maybe half sour cream and half very soft cream cheese, mixed together. I haven’t tried this, though, so it’s just a “best guess” based on some other dips I’ve made with good results. Let me know how it turns out!

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