Party Arty and Artichoke Dip

For now, I'll get by with a little plug for my friends....

‘Tis the season of art openings for all of my arty friends, and we try to go and support as many as we can, because, well, we love their work and it’s lots of fun! Amongst them are painters and woodworkers, weavers and jewelry artisans, and of course…closest to my heart…the potters. I was a hand builder of pottery for many years and enjoyed having a studio locally with some friends. Although circumstances forced me to bow out of my studio and take a rather long sabbatical from clay, I love staying in touch with these folks and being inspired by their creations.

We spent last night and will spend a good part of today and next weekend attending these events, being of good cheer, reconnecting with and supporting friends. If you are in our area this weekend or next, do take some time to check out these folks and their work. At each event you will see more cards and flyers for other arts and craft events as well because all these folks have networked together…there are tons of them these two weekends! Just seeing all that pottery is making me want to get back into it again, and this time learn how to throw and make some serving bowls and dinnerware! New Year’s Resolution to self: do this!

Gonna try to do a little plug for my friends...my former studio partner and some of her friends have a great show this weekend.

Meanwhile this evening we are off to a party of another sort, the annual end of the year Formula 1 racing party. Last weekend marked the final race of the year and a Red Bull trifecta in the FIA Formula One World Championship, with the amazing young Sebastian Vettel as Winning Driver, the race win in Brazil for his teammate Mark Webber and the Constructor’s Championship for Red Bull Racing-Renault. It was an exciting race and an exciting year, and our core group of F1 fans here in Atlanta always celebrate at our friend J.I.’s house with good food, drink, fun, trivia and this year bowling (!?), it’s always a blast. J.I. is the editor of a fine beer magazine, so you know there will be good beer, and he and many of the attendees love to cook so the munch will be grand as well.

This one is today only so you gotta hurry!

Being that the day is so busy, I’ve decided to make my favorite pottery pot luck, art opening and all around fall back position hot dip: Arty Artichoke Dip. Yep, this is that recipe that everyone has, has tried or has a variation of for sure. I like my version the best because I tend to not like most heavy mayonnaise-based dips but do love artichokes, so I kept after this until I came up with a mixture that works every time, everyone loves it and there’s never a speck of it left. The other thing I really like about it is that you can cook it off before you leave for a party and cover it in foil, but even as it cools it is still great served at room temp.

Is this a lovely and fancy seasonal-flavored holiday or Christmas dip? No, it is not. Is it a versatile and much loved appetizer for any occasion that’s a cinch to make and can be whipped up in no time during a very busy time of year? Yes indeed! It’s not purty…but it’s purty tasty! Just add a little holly or a trim of rosemary sprigs and berries alongside your dish (not in it, of course) for decor if you like, and voilà, ready for a Christmas party!

Arty Artichoke Dip

2-14.5 ounce cans of artichoke hearts packed in water, drained and rinsed
1 generous cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 generous cup freshly shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
1-4.5 oz. can diced jalapeno chilis, drained if packed in water
1 cup good quality light canola mayonnaise or regular light mayonnaise such as Hellman’s (do not use fat free, may use full fat if desired)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Drain artichoke hearts and pat dry. Cut into small pieces and combine with all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Place the mixture, spreading evenly, into a 9x9x2″ or approximate glass or ceramic baking dish and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 – 40 minutes or until lightly browned on top and bubbling. Serve warm with crackers or corn chips. Serves 8-10

And this one is next weekend, so don't miss it!

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12 thoughts on “Party Arty and Artichoke Dip

  1. I have never made artichoke dip, but I do like eating it, so thank you for this. the kids and I used to attend exhibition openings all the time in NZ. And i do miss them out here in the midwest country.. c

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    • This recipe has a little tiny kick to it, too, from the jalapenos. I’ve often thought that if we move from the big city, as we one day plan to do, one of the things I’d miss the most would be the exhibitions and openings, so I can imagine what you mean. I guess it’s a trade off. Maybe you should have an exhibition of all your lovely images from the farmy, Cecilia! They are so wonderful and that would be very cool.

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  2. I, too have enjoyed artichoke dips but have never made one. This one, with the jalapeños, sounds delicious. Just last night, I was to have gone to an opening before going to dinner with friends — a full evening of fun and frolic. My car, sadly, had other plans for my evening. Better luck next time.

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    • I probably should have added that if you do try making this, either make it for a number of folks or you can half the recipe for fewer. It’s addictive! That’s a bummer about your car and evening, John! Hope it’s running today.

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  3. The art shows and parties sound like a blast Betsey! What a fun way to cheer in the Christmas season! The dip sounds delicious; I do love artichokes as well.

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    • Thanks, Eva! It’s been a really fun weekend and I’m a bit worn out today from it, but it was a great way to start off the Christmas season. The dip is quite good, and the big challenge is to try and not eat too much of it because it’s so rich!

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    • You are most welcome, Michelle! It was great to see you and Matt and catch up for a moment…and see all your lovely work. Feel free to use this dip recipe for any future openings if you like…I’m passing it along! ~Betsy

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