When you’re trying to lose weight, you learn the high-ticket (high-calorie) items on a menu very quickly. I would know, and for the record, artichoke dip is a high-calorie item on a restaurant menu.
When I saw this Cheesy Baked Artichoke Dip on Biz’s blog I knew I had to make it…soon. I wasted no time and made this classic favorite for my family. As they moaned and sighed over the savory, cheesy dip they mentioned their “misbehaving”.
They could hardly believe I had made over the recipe to cut out loads of calories and fat — it tastes like the real deal, they swear.
They’re honest, I believe them. Besides, it was that good, says my taste buds.
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp low-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp low-fat sour cream or 2% plain Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp onion salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
pinch of salt
2 14-ounce can artichoke hearts packed in water, well drained, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 tsp paprika
1 1/2 cup Italian cheese blend, shredded
French-bread baguette slices, toasted*
Whisk 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, pepper, onion salt, and garlic powder in medium bowl to blend. Stir in chopped artichoke hearts. Transfer mixture to casserole dish. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover mixture and refrigerate.)
Sprinkle dip with remaining 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, Italian cheese, and paprika.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Bake dip until heated through, about 25 minutes (about 35 minutes if chilled).
Preheat broiler. Broil until cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes.
Serve warm with toasted baguette slices. Serves 10 (1/4 cup per serving).
Nutrition Information (per 1/4 cup)*: 138 calories; 9.6 g. fat; 19 mg. cholesterol; 403 mg. sodium; 6 g. carbohydrate; 1.6 g. fiber; 8.6 g. protein
*Baguettes not included in nutrition information.
Result: I was blown away by how delicious this baked artichoke dip turned out — especially after I halved the Italian cheese blend on top and subbed Greek yogurt for sour cream. YUM! My family loved this appetizer and I will certainly be adding it to my tried and true repertoire of recipes. Quick & easy to make, too! Enjoy!
It’s about time to say farewell to my folks. Time flies when you’re having fun, but it’s just a few short weeks until my family and Mr. P’s family vacation to Las Vegas together!! Certainly something to look forward to!
Question: What’s your favorite appetizer? Do you like Cheesy Artichoke Dip?
Have a great week!