Everyone in my family loves hot artichoke dip. What is not to love, really, about a dish so creamy, so cheesy, and so replete with garlic… especially when it’s right out of the oven.

Because it is so creamy and cheesy (most recipes call for mayonnaise or sour cream, as well as cream cheese and several types of shredded cheese), hot artichoke dip is generally not very healthy. It isn’t something I would typically make; it’s one of those foods I would seek out at parties (and believe me, I’d get pretty sad if there was none).

hot artichoke dip

The impetus to attempt a healthier version of this dip came from my kids. As I mentioned before, they just love this dish, and I am all for something that inspires them to eat raw vegetables with gusto. In my home, I serve this as an appetizer with organic corn chips and/or rice crackers, but I also put out lots of crudites: we particularly like it with baby carrots, sliced cucumbers, and red pepper strips.

This version is chunky and heavy on the garlic. It still contains cheese, but cuts down on the fat a bit and ups the good-for-you factor by using Greek yogurt and no mayonnaise, sour cream, or cream cheese. It might not be as creamy or rich as artichoke dip recipes you’ve tried in the past, but it’s still delicious…and can be enjoyed without feeling guilty at your next get-together. I’m not a football fan but I believe the Superbowl is coming up, right?!

Recipe for Hot Artichoke and Garlic Dip

Inspired by Eating Well

Ingredients:

* two 14-ounce cans artichoke hearts, organic if possible, rinsed and drained
* 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (divided)
* 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or Italian 4-cheese blend, organic if possible
* 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
* 6 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced (use less if you are not a garlic lover)
* 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest, preferably from a Meyer lemon
* smoked paprika or cayenne pepper, to taste- optional

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Chop artichoke hearts by hand (or use a food processor for a smoother dip).

3. In a large bowl, mix the artichoke hearts with 1 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella or 4-cheese blend, Greek yogurt, garlic, and lemon zest. Note that if you want a smooth dip, you can puree all the ingredients in a food processor; I personally prefer a chunky dip.

4. Transfer to a suitable sized baking dish (I use a round pie plate) and sprinkle with the reserved 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese.

5. Cover the dish with foil and bake until the dip is heated through and bubbly, about 20 minutes. You can uncover it for the last 5 minutes so it browns a bit on the top, if you like. Sprinkle with the optional smoked paprika or cayenne pepper, and serve warm with sliced baguette, pita bread, all natural chips or rice crackers, and/or raw vegetables.

artichoke garlic dip

More hot artichoke dips that look great:

Vegan Hot Artichoke Dip from Gluten Free Goddess
Light Spinach Artichoke Dip from Ingredients, Inc.
Artichoke Dip Make Healthy from The Healthy home Economist

 

21 Comments

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    healthy mamma — January 31, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Yayyyyy! So perfect! I sub Greek yogurt for mayo in everything,but never thought about my fav dip! I’m so excited I can’t stand it! Yum-Me!

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    Suzanne Collier — January 31, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    Thanks for this healthier version! I’ve been trying to come up with some better “alternative” Superbowl foods. This will be on the buffet on Sunday. Thanks!

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    Aggie — January 31, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    Love this healthier version! what a great idea to use greek yogurt! I love hot dips like this but the mayo and all the cheese always stop me from making them…would rather splurge on something like this!!

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    Joanne — January 31, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    I’m one of those weird breeds of people who HATE sour cream and mayo…but love greek yogurt. So that basically eliminates most dips for me except for ones that I make myself. This one sounds perfect!

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    RavieNomNoms — January 31, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    I love your recipe, love love love it! Thanks so much!

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    Monet — January 31, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    Great idea! We also love this dip at my house, but the original version is not so good for our bodies/hearts! I love the adaptation you did here…the greek yogurt must add all the creaminess without all the fat of mayo/sour cream. I hope you are having a happy and hopeful morning. Many blessings as the week unfolds!

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    Roxan — January 31, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    I love artichoke dip also, but don’t eat it very often because of the calories. Thanks for lightening it up for us! Maybe I’ll do the ol’ switcharoo on my friends and see if they notice.

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    Liren — January 31, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    Oh my gosh, is there anyone who *doesn’t* love hot artichoke dip? I hardly make it but always happily devour it at parties. LOVE this lightened version – all that garlic is especially making me happy.

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    Megan @ FeastingonArt — February 1, 2011 @ 5:05 am

    Yum, this is one of my favorites and I am always looking for ways to make things healthier, thanks for sharing!

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    Ang — February 1, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    I love this new healthy take on this rich dip! Your so right, mine is made with lots of cheese and even though it’s delicious it’s not to great on the waist line. Your’s really looks fresh and simply made. Thanks for sharing.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — February 1, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    Thanks for including one of my recipes. Yours looks amazing. I just printed it out to make this weekend!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 2, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    I’m so glad you took the mayonnaise out, it’s one of things I can’t stand. I love using Greek yogurt to lighten up dishes as well.

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    Christine — February 2, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    This looks fantastic! I’m a huge fan of artichoke dips – that is until I found out that many of the dips at restaurants are not gluten free (sad day!) I’ve never tried making an artichoke dip myself, but I think it’s worth a shot given how tasty they are. I think this would also be great with spinach added…

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    Oui, Chef — February 2, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Winnie – Thank you for this recipe. I LOVE hot artichoke dip but hardly ever make it because I can’t bear to ingest all the fat in a standard recipe, this looks like a very tasty alternative! – S

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    Alli — February 3, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    I have never heard of this dish before and I just love artichokes! in fact I made a salad last night with them and broad beans. Thanks for visiting my site and kind words, it makes all the effort worth while ;o)

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    Cindy — February 4, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    I love when dips like this get lighted up. Then I do not feel so guilty for eating so much…haha :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — February 4, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    Ok not sure why it says I’m Cindy in that last comment…haha.

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    I'm Delicious... — February 11, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe! I love cooking with artichokes and it’s great to have another tasty recipe to add to the repertoire.

    I also run a food blog and featured your recipe yesterday (Feb 10) morning.

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — February 14, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    I like it! A healthier version of an artichoke dip is the perfect excuse to have artichoke dip more often!

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    Jessica — June 13, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    I tried this out earlier this year and it was absolutely incredible! I added in some extra veggies (making it less conventional, I know) and enjoyed it with raw broccoli for a nice, warm dinner. It was so nice to be able to indulge in artichoke dip without feeling weighed-down afterwards! I just wrote about it on my blog:
    http://floptimism.blogspot.com/2011/06/garlicky-spinach-artichoke-dip-trimmed.html

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    Bodhi — November 4, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    This is an awesome recipe – but you can make it EVEN HEALTHIER by using soft Kefir Cream Cheese instead of the Greek Yogurt. Kefir cheese is adds a probiotic punch that is amazing and tastes great too! Kefir cream cheese is so easy to make and you can use it anywhere you would use mayo, cream cheese, sour cream or salad dressing!