Creamy Artichoke Dip

Serve this appetizer dip with a variety of fresh vegetable dippers. Use one of the artichokes as the serving container.

Makes:
24 servings
Serving Size:
1 Tablespoon
Yields:
1-1/2 cups dip
Start to Finish:
35 mins
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Creamy Artichoke Dip

Ingredients
2
large artichokes
2
tablespoons water
1/2
cup shredded smoked mozzarella, edam, Gouda, or cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
1
8 ounce carton dairy sour cream or light dairy sour cream
2
teaspoons capers, drained
2
teaspoons snipped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
 
Assorted vegetable dippers, such as Belgian endive leaves, steamed pea pods, cauliflower flowerets, cherry tomatoes, radishes, and baby carrots

Directions

  1. Wash artichokes and trim stems. Place artichokes in a microwave-safe casserole with water. Micro-cook, covered, on 100 percent power (high) for 7 to 9 minutes or until a leaf pulls out easily. Drain and cool.
  2. Discard small outer leaves of 1 cooled artichoke. Pull off large leaves; cover and chill leaves until serving time. Pull out the tender leaves from the center as a single clump. Remove the fuzzy choke by scooping it out with a spoon; discard the choke. Finely chop the artichoke heart.
  3. In a blender container or food processor bowl combine cheese, sour cream, capers, and basil. Cover and blend or process until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides. Stir in the artichoke heart. Cover and chill until serving time or up to 24 hours.
  4. To serve, remove center leaves, choke, and heart from remaining artichoke. Spoon dip into center, spreading outer leaves. If desired, garnish with additional capers and a Belgian endive leaf. Arrange artichoke leaves and other vegetables around dip. Makes about 1-1/2 cups dip (twenty-four 1-tablespoon servings).

Nutrition Facts

(Creamy Artichoke Dip)
    Per serving:
  • 62 kcal cal.,
  • 5 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 11 mg chol.,
  • 57 mg sodium,
  • 3 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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