Oh, who am I kidding? I have a new song stuck in my head every five minutes. Today was quite a selection. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” which is funny considering it’s 100 degrees outside. Also, I got my bi-weekly Graze snacks delivered in the mail, and #yummertime was printed on the top of the box. That filled up my afternoon with Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime.” Last week was the worst though. I love Adele, but her new single, “Send My Love to Your New Lover,” sucks. But it’s catchy. And it gets stuck in my damned head all the damned time. Damn you, Adele.
Now the dip song? (“Da’ Dip,” to be exact.) That one takes me back to high school. The invention of that song has been the bane of all my friends’ existences because I can’t avoid singing it when someone walks into a party and sets a delicious dip on the counter for me to devour.
As usual, this was a long-winded way for me to explain that today’s recipe is a dip. Specifically, artichoke dip. The main reason I’m posting it is because I usually take it to every gathering I attend, and I always get requests for the recipe. Now I can respond (and get blog hits) by just saying, “It’s on my blog, buds.”
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 8-ounce tub whipped cream cheese
1 5-ounce bag shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 8-ounce can artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon Italian herbs
Tortilla chips, sliced pita bread, crackers, etc., for dipping
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Drizzle the bottom of a small baking dish (~8”x8”x2”) with olive oil. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, Parmesan, mayonnaise and artichoke hearts until everything is incorporated.
- Transfer to the baking dish, and spread evenly with a spatula.
- Sprinkle with Italian herbs.
- Bake for 30 minutes, then serve with chips, pita bread, crackers or any dipping mechanism of your choice.
- Bask in the glory of the compliments you’ll receive. You’re a hero.
Tip: Spread a layer of the dip on a slice of bread, top with a slice of tomato and ham or turkey, then top with another slice of bread. You just made yourself a dang delicious sandwich.