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Artichoke Dip


I’ve always wondered what artichokes were like and while I’m sure that fresh artichokes are different to the canned ones, I tested the canned ones yesterday because they were easily accessible and required no messy leaf scraping.

What do canned artichokes taste like?

The canned stuff has the textured of leeks and tastes a little like leek in a light brine. I was hoping for something stronger flavoured.

I whipped up this artichoke dip on a sunny afternoon when we had some friends over. It didn’t take long at all and would go well with crackers, bread, crudites or with a platter. We also had a dollap on the side of some crumbed, pan-fried fish. It was really good. I admit, it’s mostly fat so resist the urge to eat all of it by yourself.


Artichoke Dip

Makes a party sized bowl 

1 tub of cream cheese (250g)
1 can artichoke hearts (390g)
1 cup finely grated parmesan
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Optional: Salt


  1. Warm the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds or until it feels just warm. It will make it easier to mix the other ingredients into.
  2. Drain artichoke hearts and roughly chop. Add artichoke hearts and all other ingredients into a large bowl and mix well to combine. Taste and salt if required.
  3. Refrigerate and serve with chips, crackers, a baguette or crudites. Amazing as a sandwich spread.


  1. I don’t like tinned artichokes because I find the brine overpowers the artichoke flavour. It would be a lot of work to use fresh artichokes though – I would probably just eat them rather than trying to make a dip. :)

  2. I haven’t had them canned. We tend to use the jarred ones on pizzas in Aus. I went to this awesome restaurant a few months ago where they deep fried a whole artichoke and served in on some sort of caper salsa. So good! Your dip looks awesome. I need to start making more homemade dips again. Store bought are so expensive. Wonder if this will freeze well?

  3. bitesizedjessica says

    Mmmm my husband loves artichoke dip! I’m always looking for an easier way than cutting through tough artichoke leaves – this looks like a great recipe.

    • Hi Jessica, I’ve never cut through artichoke but I hear that it is a lot more work. I would be interested to see how the different methods compare and if the extra work is worth it.

  4. So simple and delicious! But it’s the one dip I always forget about when entertaining for some reason. I will have to make a note this time.

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