2-min. 4-ingredient Artichoke Dip
Updated: Aug 28, 2020
I was reminded on IG that it's Artichoke Day! So I grabbed some artichokes from the salad bar and made a quick (2-minute!) 4-ingredient artichoke dip. See bottom of the post for info on Artichoke Day. :)
This is a spin on my 3-min. 4-ingredient spinach-artichoke dip spread. Obviously, the artichoke dip doesn't have spinach. :)
What is Artichoke Day?
March 16 is National Artichoke Hearts Day, a day to celebrate and chow down on these nutritious, delicious plants. Artichokes are from the Mediterranean and are one of the oldest foods in the world — the Greeks and Romans ate them in the 8th century! Today, we love eating them boiled, baked, steamed, grilled, fried, and every other which way. In America, 99.9% of the artichokes we buy are grown in California, and in fact, the artichoke is the official state vegetable! To get to heart of that matter (Get it? artichoke hearts, haha!), we love everything about this yummy vegetable."
"On March 16th, National Artichoke Hearts Day offers a tasty option to add flavor to any dish.
According to the California Artichoke Advisory Board, artichokes are a good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, folate, and magnesium. The antioxidants in artichokes are very good for your liver and help promote healthy skin. Artichokes are also high in fiber, calcium, and protein while low in calories. For all of these reasons, along with being fat-free and cholesterol-free, artichokes are truly a healthy and delicious food to celebrate!
- The total antioxidant capacity of an artichoke flower head is one of the highest reported for vegetables.
- The fleshy base of the artichoke is perhaps the most enjoyably edible part of this oddly-shaped vegetable. - California is known as the artichoke capital of the world. They supply nearly 100% of North American fresh artichokes."
Ingredients (in this serving):
- 3 artichoke hearts (~1/4 cup)
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
(provides some brightness to the dip, but if you don't have it, no biggie)
- salt & pepper to taste
1.) Cut the artichoke hearts into smaller pieces (~1cm big)
2.) Add cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, salt & pepper to artichoke hearts and microwave for ~1 min. 15 sec. Microwave times may vary.
It's tasty & fast. Also, this individual portion only has ~90 calories.
If you don't have cream cheese or sour cream (struggle times!), you could try it with some mozzarella or cheddar (melt-y cheese) and a little milk. It would be cheesier and have a have a different texture than this dip. You could also try creme fraiche, marscapone or ricotta in place of sour cream. That's another easy way to make an artichoke spread. I will give that a try & post soon.
Give it a try! We are good at this!