A party standby, I think everybody needs an artichoke dip recipe in their cooking repertoire. Regardless of whatever new food dish of the moment happens to be trending, artichoke dip has stood the test of time. And I love how it fits right in at both dress-up and dress-down gatherings. Good friends, good food and a good artichoke dip recipe…they all go hand in hand!
My only problem with the typical artichoke dip recipe is that they all contain one or more of the following not-so-clean, nutrient-poor ingredients: mayo, cheese, sour cream and cream cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I love the ooey-gooey casomorphin cheese rush just like everybody else. But, since I know you can still create an incredibly rich and creamy non-dairy/ mayo-free dip with a few culinary tips and tricks, I like to keep my artichoke dip recipe clean.
I throw in kale too. Just for good measure (wink).
The After-Party for Your Kale and Artichoke Dip Recipe
Dips always go pretty quickly at a party and since I am crazy for leftovers (cook once, eat twice!), I always double my artichoke dip recipe. What do I do with it the next day? I either use it as a spread for celery sticks or make a roasted veggie sandwich on homemade whole grain bread using the artichoke dip as an alternative spread to mayo. So good!Print
- Two 14-ounce boxes frozen artichokes (such as Bird’s Eye brand)
- 1 tablespoon plus 3 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (divided)
- 5 large handfuls kale
- 2 shallots (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- Unrefined sea salt (to taste)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- White pepper (to taste)
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 slice whole grain spelt bread (or whole grain bread of choice)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the artichokes on a large cookie sheet and drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil and salt to taste. Roast for 40 minutes. Remove artichokes from oven and set aside to cool. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
- Use a mezzaluna or knife to finely chop the kale. Set kale aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat; add the shallots and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, kale and lemon juice and cook until kale is completely wilted, about 2 minutes. Set shallot and kale mixture aside.
- Add the water, pine nuts, white pepper and a pinch of nutmeg to a Vitamix; process until smooth and creamy. Add the roasted artichokes and process again. Spoon the artichoke mixture out of the Vitamix and transfer to the skillet with the shallots and kale. Stir to incorporate all ingredients. Transfer the artichoke-kale mixture into a small casserole dish and set aside.
- Clean the Vitamix container out and add the bread and remaining 1 teaspoon oil; process into very fine crumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs on top of the artichoke-kale mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Serve warm.