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My Aunty always thought artichokes never looked or sounded appealing, and consequently, had never tried them. However, anything mixed with cheese and mayonnaise is bound to taste good, so I made this Artichoke Parmesan Dip to give her a sample of the exquisite thistle, and she even asked for the recipe to take home.


artichoke parmesan dip

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 an onion, finely chopped

1 (14-ounce) jar of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1/3 cup mayonnaise

4 ounces cream cheese, chopped

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, cook and stir until translucent. Stir in artichoke hearts, half and half, mozzarella, parmesan, mayonnaise, cream cheese, oregano and garlic powder. Cook over medium heat, until cheeses are melted, stirring frequently. Transfer to serving bowl.


Recipe adapted from Crock Pot Party Foods and Appetizers, November 2013