Artichoke dip is a classic, and sometimes there are just those days you want to sit down and eat the whole bowl by yourself…or maybe share with one other person if you’re feeling generous. For those moments, here is a great option! Only 2 ingredients, and it has that creamy, satisfying artichoke-iness without all the heavy mayo and cheese, making for a healthy dip or spread. With 2 ingredients, maybe this counts as more of an ‘idea’ than a ‘recipe.’ Terminology aside, I hope you enjoy it!
Artichoke Dip (or Spread!)Course: Appetizers, SnacksDifficulty: Easy
Have a couple minutes? Then try whipping up this creamy, satisfying artichoke dip that doubles as a spread for sandwiches.
1 can of great northern beans (15-oz.), or 1.5 cup cooked beans
Note: Cannellini, navy, or garbanzo beans could work well, too.
Marinated artichoke hearts and juices, to taste
For 1 can of beans, I added about 8 halved artichoke hearts and juices.
- Drain and rinse beans, then add to a food processor or high-powered blender.
- Add marinated artichoke hearts, also pouring in some of the marinade juices. I use about 8 artichoke heart halves with a little of the juice. Taste as you go, and depending on our taste preferences, add more or less. The artichoke heart marinade juices are important for flavor and blend-ability.
- Blend until desired consistency is reached, scraping down the sides of the food processor/blender as needed.
- Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. You can add more juices, salt, pepper, a dash of hot sauce, a squeeze of lemon… whatever you are feeling it may need!
- Serve with vegetables and/or crackers, or use as a sandwich spread. This dip stores well in the refrigerator for a few days.
- This may sound silly and obvious, but use artichoke hearts you like the flavor of…otherwise you probably won’t love how this dip comes out considering there are only 2 ingredients and one of them is the artichoke hearts. If using canned artichoke hearts (as opposed to the marinated ones in the glass jars), you will likely want to adjust for seasoning by adding in some of your favorites herbs and/or spices.
This recipe also works really well as a delicious spread for sandwiches and toast. I like to smear it on a piece of bread, top with some shredded cheese, and toast in the toaster oven.
Looking for another quick and tasty dip? Try this olive-y bean dip.