I have another recipe for an artichoke dip here, but for Krystopf and Atlas’ baby shower this past weekend, I decided on a lighter version that I got from The Best of Clean Eating 2, and it was such a hit that despite it making more dip than I ever thought possible, it was completely gone after just three hours. Cait liked it so much that she insisted I push forward all other blog posts so that she could get this recipe as soon as possible. So here you go. I made this dip the day before the shower and chucked it in the fridge, saving the last step of baking and sprinkling of cheese for right before the party.
Start by defrosting a 10oz package of frozen chopped spinach.
Drain it well (you can see my handprint from pressing on it) and set it aside.
Chop up 4 or 5 green onions and set those aside for now as well.
Chop up about 1 1/2 cups cauliflower (this is the low-calorie filler in this dip) and pop that in a pot. You could use frozen cauliflower as well, if you’d prefer. Cook it until it’s tender and drain it.
Huck the cauliflower into the bowl of a food processor and add 1 250g/8oz package cream cheese, as well as 3 tablespoons milk. Purée that sucker to a fine liquid, then transfer it to a bowl for now.
Chop up a large white onion and several cloves of garlic. Don’t worry about getting them too fine. Whip those into a large frying pan with a few drops of olive oil. Sauté those for about 8-10 minutes, until the onion is all soft and see-through. Chuck those in the food processor you were using before.
Crack open and drain a 14oz can artichoke hearts. Chop those suckers up smallish and throw them in the processor.
Take your spinach and chuck that in as well, together with about 1/4 cup fresh dill sprigs, a few pinches salt, and a half teaspoon ground cayenne pepper.
Give that a go in the processor until it’s a texture you like.
Dump it out into the bowl with the cauliflower/cream cheese mixture and add in the chopped green onions. Give it a good stirring and add more salt or cayenne as required.
To bake the dip, preheat your oven to 350°F and smooth the dip into a largish-sized casserole dish.
Bake this, covered, for 20 minutes.
Uncover it and sprinkle it with grated cheese (this is a mix of mozzarella and cheddar).
Bake again for 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and dip is hot all the way through. Serve it hot with pita and chips!