One Sunday immediately following church, we were invited over to a friend’s house for lunch. Most Sunday mornings, no matter what I try and eat or plan on, everyone is always starving right after church. I ran into the nearest grocery store to pick something up to go with the meal and thought I would look for an appetizer of some kind to enjoy while lunch was on the grill. I looked in the store-made dip section and found a container of ‘Asiago Artichoke Dip’. That sounded delicious, but I was a little turned off by the price tag…it was almost $7 for about 12 oz. or so of dip. Yikes! But I decided to go for it and was glad I did.
It was flavorful and satisfying. And after reading the short list of ingredients on the label, I knew there had to be an easy way to make my own. A short Google search lead me to a version that sounded similar to what I had grabbed from the store. I made it for the gathering I told you about in last week’s post, the birthday girl also really liked the dip the first day we tried it and loved the homemade version.
Now there was a slight difference between the homemade and store bought, like most situations the homemade was better (!) a little more garlicky and had a stronger asaigo flavor. Next time you need a quick appetizer or something different to spread on some bread, try this! It would also be great spread on a sandwich.
2 cups ASIAGO CHEESE, grated
1/2 cup MAYO
1/2 cup SOUR CREAM
1/2 teaspoon SALT
2 GARLIC CLOVES, finely minced
6 oz. jar MARINATED ARTICHOKE HEARTS, drained and chopped
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
We liked this best with italian bread. Asiago cheese can be found in the specialty cheese section of the grocery store near the parmesan cheese.