Easy Cheesy Artichoke Dip

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While your tummies are probably still full from yesterday’s Christmas feasts, I just have to share this delicious, easy dip with you. A few weeks back, I paid a visit to my cousin to take a tour of his family’s gorgeous new home. Of course the boys quickly got sucked into the football game on TV that afternoon, so naturally the gals chatted around the dining room table with some finger foods.

That’s when my cousin’s wife brought over a delightful little dish of artichoke dip. And since I basically lead a low-carb lifestyle now, I initially respectfully declined… That was until I actually took a look inside. Oh my gosh. The cheesy dip had chunks of artichoke and a brown crust that just couldn’t be ignored. So of course, I grabbed myself a small handful of pita chips and began to dip like it was nobody’s business. And let’s just be honest here… the ratio of pita chip to dip was a bit overboard. But someone had to do it.

So on Christmas Eve, I tried my hand at this artichoke dip and it was a huge hit with the hubby! I’ve tried some homemade artichoke dips before but they usually involve cream or cream cheese or a variety of cheeses… It’s just too much of a hassle. But with just a few simple ingredients, this recipe really makes for the easiest, cheesiest artichoke dip I’ve ever had. It’s certainly not the healthiest appetizer option but it does well for feeding a group on a budget while also serving something that people think you slaved over in the kitchen. Shhh, it will be our little secret.

Ingredients:
– 2 14.5 oz cans of quartered artichokes, drained
– 2 cups of light/fat free mayonnaise (substitute Greek yogurt for a healthier option)
– 2 cups of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Simply combine all of the ingredients in an oven-friendly dish. I chose a Pyrex so I could easily store it in the fridge later on. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until the sides begin to brown.

I left the artichokes quartered and didn’t chop them more… They turned out beautifully in the dip and offer a delicious full bite. But if you prefer smaller chunks of artichoke, chop away! I served this fresh out of the oven with a side of Keebler TownHouse pita oven baked crackers. They are lower in carbs and perfect as a big dipper!