Cheesy Baked Artichoke Dip

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.

Tisk tisk.

But sometimes, you just know what you want. And you want it…nowwww.

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.

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Cheesy Baked Artichoke Dip adapted from Bon Appetite & Picky Cook, as seen on My Bizzy Kitchen

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*

Directions:

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! 😀

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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!

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22 Comments

  1. February 21, 2011 / 8:49 am

    That looks really different from artichoke dips I’ve ever made but it sounds delicious! My new favorite dip appetizers are loaded baked potato dip and BBQ chicken dip.

  2. February 21, 2011 / 8:59 am

    I LOVE artichoke dip. My friend always made this chicken artichoke dip that was simply insane. The only thing with their recipe was you couldn’t use “low fat” things because the consistency just didn’t work for some reason… we tried once and failed horribly.

  3. February 21, 2011 / 9:12 am

    I do love cheesy artichoke dip!! (actually, mention artichoke and I am all over it! lol ) I need to give Biz’s version a try! and I think I would add some spinach in it! 🙂

    enjoy the last of your visit with mom and dad! have a good day, Nicole!

  4. February 21, 2011 / 9:29 am

    I do love artichoke dip and when I make it, I use greek yogurt in place of mayo and sour cream. I also load it up with bell peppers and just a tad of Parmesan.

    That being said, my favorite app is bruschetta.

  5. February 21, 2011 / 10:17 am

    I love artichoke dip but my favorite appetizer is fried calamari. So good!

    I’m sure my husband will love this – I will have to make it for him!

  6. Holly
    February 21, 2011 / 10:23 am

    Oh, yes – I LOVE Artichoke dip! My friend makes the absolute best I have ever had…..I could eat it by itself! I just love it, but sometimes, it is so worth it. 🙂

  7. February 21, 2011 / 10:23 am

    Biz always has great recipes!!!!!

  8. February 21, 2011 / 10:56 am

    I LOVE artichoke dip and it’s such an easy one to lighten up! My version has spinach too and no one ever knows that it is light! YUM

  9. Liz
    February 21, 2011 / 11:05 am

    I’m not a huge appetizer person (I would rather have dessert!) but these look so good. I remember drooling over the pictures in Biz’s blog… I’m happy to have a healthier version to try!

  10. February 21, 2011 / 11:08 am

    This looks great. I love spinach and artichoke dip. But my hands-down favorite appetizer is nachos. I never get them but I crave them constantly. Great, now I’m craving them even more!

  11. February 21, 2011 / 12:06 pm

    Nicole – love how you healthified the dip – I’ll make your version next time! 😀 Glad you had a great time with the rents 😀

  12. February 21, 2011 / 2:38 pm

    Hi Nicole. Oh YUM – this looks great. I’ve bookmarked it and will make it for a gathering at some point. (I may even have bookmarked it off Biz’s site too – 🙂 ) one of my favorite appies are stuffed mushrooms. The warm kind with lots of gooey, melting cream cheese and herbs. OK…I’m hungry… Have a great week.

  13. February 21, 2011 / 2:46 pm

    I avoid artichoke dip like the plague in restaurants– this lightened up version looks PERFECT for when that craving hits!!!

  14. February 21, 2011 / 5:57 pm

    Artichoke dip is my favorite! I love turning it into a healthier dip too. How did you get that little print me section? What a fantastic idea!!! Have a blast in Las Vegas, I’ve never been so I’m jealous!

  15. February 21, 2011 / 10:21 pm

    I am not sure if I could stop at 1/4c! It looks great!

  16. Heather
    March 29, 2012 / 9:50 am

    I made this for a Superbowl party and everyone loved it. No one even knew that it was a low cal version.

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