Do you love a good dip? How about two dips?
Dips are a great party app, of course, but a great dip can also dress up a sandwich, brighten a brunch spread, or even be a meal on its own. These two dips are some of my favorites – one hot, one cold. One a family recipe, passed down through word of mouth. The other is a recipe I only recently found, but it has its own touch of nostalgia. And, conveniently, both are relatively low in lactose.
My family has been making this artichoke dip for years. Few birthdays, holidays, or large family dinners have passed without a bubbling dish of it on the table next to the wine and sparkling cider. This dip is a real crowd pleaser and comes to together in minutes. It is also low in lactose, as the only dairy is Parmesan cheese (aged cheeses tend to have less lactose than softer, fresher cheeses).
The recipe relies on pantry staples, making it a great option to pull together at the last minute (and someday we will once again have “last-minute” guests!). The canned and jarred artichoke hearts require a quick chop before they are combined with the other ingredients. Bake in a single, large casserole dish until bubbly and golden brown.
Even better, this recipe can easily be made in individual, oven-proof dishes – great for times (like now) when everyone wants to enjoy their own personal dish.
- 1 can artichoke hearts in water
- 1 jar artichoke hearts in oil
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
- 1 can chopped green chiles or to taste
- Chop the artichoke hearts into bite-sized pieces.
- Combine with mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, and green chiles.
- Bake, uncovered, in a casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Serve with crackers or chips.
Slow Roasted Onion Dip
Growing up, my grandmother would often make a version of onion dip that relied on a dehydrated soup mix for its base. At first, I was quite skeptical of it, but later I began to appreciate it, mostly as an excuse to eat more crunchy, ruffled potato chips. Fast forward a few decades and I encountered a Bon Appetit recipe that I’ve since tweaked to make a new family favorite. Bonus if you can find and use farm-fresh sweet onions.
Have you tried these two dips? Comment below if you have!
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