My Mom has made a straight forward hot artichoke dip for years that is fabulous, absolutely addictive. For many though, with gads of mayo and cheese, it's a bit much. I took her inspiration and tweaked it a bit to lower the fat level (though its hardly low-calorie), and to amp the flavors by building on the ingredient list, adding lemon for brightness, spinach for some color, sour cream and feta for their tang, and the pine nuts for their earthy crunch. I had someone almost kill me for this recipe at New Years. - Oui, Chef —Oui, Chef
Test Kitchen Notes
WHO: Oui, Chef is a writer, father of five, and a longtime Food52er. He lives in Massachusetts.
WHAT: Artichoke dip, all brightened up.
HOW: Mix your ingredients together in one bowl. pour into a baking dish, top with feta and parmesan, and bake.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Oui, Chef keeps all the things that make artichoke dip so delicious -- the cheese, the mayonnaise, the sour cream -- and then brightens it all up with a good dose of lemon. The resulting dish is something you could eat a lot of -- without wanting to take a nap afterwards. —The Editors
8 to 10
6 ounce can of artichoke hearts in water, drained, thinly sliced and patted dry
10 ounce package of frozen spinach, thawed, chopped and wrung dry in a clean kitchen towel
Place your oven rack in the center position and pre-heat the oven to 425 ?.
In a mixing bowl, stir together the artichoke hearts, spinach, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon zest and juice, the pine nuts, black pepper, salt, and 1/2 cup of the parmigiano cheese.
Rub the inside of a small baking dish with the crushed garlic, then discard the clove. Pour the mixture into the dish and spread top an even thickness, sprinkle the top with the remained 1/4 cup of parmigiano and the crumbled feta.
Bake until the top browns and the dip heats through, about 20-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving with pita chips, or the crackers of your choice.
I am a father of five, who recently completed a two year professional hiatus during which I indulged my long held passion for cooking by moving to France to study the culinary arts and immerse myself in all things French. I earned “Le Grande Diplome” from Le Cordon Bleu, studied also at The Ritz Escoffier and Lenotre cooking schools, and completed the course offerings of the Bordeaux L’Ecole du Vin.
About six months ago started "Oui, Chef", which is a food blog that exists as an extension of my efforts to teach my children a few things about cooking, and how our food choices over time effect not only our own health, but that of our local food communities and our planet at large. By sharing some of our cooking experiences through the blog, I hope to inspire other families to start spending more time together in the kitchen, cooking healthy meals as a family, passing on established familial food traditions, and perhaps starting some new ones.