Sun-Dried Tomato and Artichoke Dip

I needed a quick a really easy snack to bring to a blogger’s event a couple weeks ago. And when I think quick and simple, I think dips. So I headed over to Martha Stewart’s website to see if she had any dips up her sleeves that I hadn’t yet made. And on her Body + Soul site, I found a dip involving lots of my favorite things. Like artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and…. FETA. Which as you know by know is a food I would pretty much die for. OK, that might be a little bit extreme, but probably not. I altered Martha’s recipe a bit because I pretty much always alter recipes that involve feta cheese and garlic. To add more. Duh.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Artichoke Dip (Serves 4-6):

  • 1 box (9 oz) frozen artichokes (or you can use the jars like I did, but I highly recommend frozen), thawed and chopped
  • 3/4 C feta, crumbled
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • 2 t fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 C sun-dried tomatoes (oil packed), chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 pine nuts, toasted (I didn’t add these because I don’t like to bring dishes with nuts to events, but I think they’d add an amazing touch!)
  • 1/2 C basil leaves, torn
  • Salt and pepper
  • Whole wheat baguettes, or whatever you want for serving.

I pretty much run my life on a last minute schedule, so it will come as no surprise that I was making this dip at the last possible minute. So when I was at the grocery store and discovered they were all out of frozen artichokes, I about had a panic attack. Then I calmed myself down and bought a couple jars of artichokes.

Meh. They were marinated in something or other and I didn’t love the taste that was present in the final dip. But it wasn’t horrible; I would just have preferred the frozen artichokes and they’re fresher than these were. Anyway, I put 1/2 C of the chopped up artichokes in my food processor with about half the feta, the garlic, lemon juice, and 2 t of water. I pureed until the mixture was nice and smooth.

Then I combined my chopped up sun-dried tomatoes, the basil, and remaining chopped artichokes (and pine nuts if I had used them) in a bowl.

I also stirred in the rest of the feta and the artichoke puree. I sprinkled with salt and pepper. And put some sun-dried tomatoes on top for garnish.

I served the dip with my favorite little whole grain melba toasts. Yup, it really was as easy as that.

I love the bright pretty colors of this dip. And the total and complete simplicity of it. But I do still wish I had used frozen artichokes.

I guess that just means I’ll have to make this dip again. Which is something I can totally live with.

[Sues]

8 Responses to "Sun-Dried Tomato and Artichoke Dip"

  1. D.Todd says:

    Susie, this looks awesome! We'll have to have a get together soon enough and you can bring it to that! Did you see my cosmo cupcakes on my tumblr? I was thinking of you and your yummy guinness ones when I made them. They turned out crazy good!

  2. Kelly says:

    Looks like a great dip. I made something similar not too long ago but from a different recipe without artichokes and it was quite yummy.

  3. Ohmygoshi says:

    Looks delicious!! I have a great go-to Spinach dip recipe that involves lots of feta and garlic!! let me know if you want it!

  4. Jennifer says:

    This dip seems a breeze to make and boasts such eye-catching colors—perfect for impromptu gatherings!

  5. The Duo Dishes says:

    Much healthier than our version of artichoke dip. 🙂 Sounds good with salty sundried tomatoes.

  6. Patty-4U2BeHealthy says:

    I will so have to try this dip. Sounds so good and easy. My kind of recipe and ALL the stuff I love to eat too. Thanks for postig this.

    Patty

  7. ttfn300 says:

    that looks awesome 🙂 and i feel the same way about goat cheese!

  8. Kerstin says:

    I love all the ingredients, it looks fabulous! Feta is just the best.

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