This is the best creamy artichoke dip we’ve ever had, at home or in a restaurant. It’s a simple combination of cream cheese, dill, artichokes and a few other pantry basics but it turns out to-die-for! Plus, it’s super easy and can be made in the oven or slow cooker.
This creamy artichoke dip comes from my Mom’s best friend. This is definitely one of the most meaningful recipes we have, which is why my mom will be guest posting further down.
I remember everyone raving about it at every gathering we went to growing up. I have never once brought this dip to a party or gathering without someone requesting the recipe. In fact, many times I have quite a few people requesting the recipe. It’s just that good. In fact, out of all the dips I have ever had, including restaurant versions, this one remains my favorite. Is it healthy? Heavens no, but you’ll be quite happy with how delicious it is and let’s be honest, a little applause from your thighs as you walk couldn’t be all that bad, right?
I love how a good recipe can immediately flood you with memories of a person, loved one or event. I sincerely believe that recipes should be shared and passed on between family and friends. They are just as important as stories in our family history.
Memories of Peggy Glem
Peggy passed away several years ago now, and we all miss our second mother, friend, and “sister”. At Peggy’s house you always ate your crust, loved sports, camping and fruit cocktail. I remember Peggy calling my mom practically every morning, “Mom, it’s Peggy!!!” and the two of them sitting on a couch or in camping chairs on vacation chatting and laughing. We would drive in separate cars on vacations, but use pads of papers to write notes to one another in our windows — we were truly, one big family. We were always going back and forth between our houses for play dates, and I even remember waking up to Peggy sitting in our living room telling us that mom was at the hospital having our little brother.
Because I have learned that everyone needs a good friend, especially women, and how important relationships are in life (much to learn, much to be given and much to receive from one another) I’ll let my mom finish. May each of us be so lucky to have a “Peggy” in their life. I know I’m so lucky to have my own as an adult.
Thoughts on Peggy Glem by Carolyn Feik
“Have you ever met someone and known immediately that you were going to be friends? Well, that is the way my friendship began with Peggy. She and I were really opposites–She was out-going, adventurous and enthusiastic about everything. I am more reserved, quiet and hesitant about life until I feel comfortable and confident. Most people never really understood why we were such good friends. But, we had a connection. We were passionate about the same things. We understood each other. And, that connection was extended to our husbands and children. Really, we were just one big family–very different, but just alike in all the things that matter.
Our families shared the same interests, camping, fishing, playing games, and religious convictions. We vacationed together, we took care of each others’ kids, sat with each other in the hospital when sickness struck and we shared every important event in each others’ lives. When our children were little, Peggy and I even went grocery shopping together just so we had time to talk. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? I don’t think friendships like this come around very often. In fact, I believe it is a “once in a lifetime” blessing.
Peggy had a gift for people. She could make everyone feel welcome and important. Everyone who knew her felt that she was their best friend. She was truly interested in everyone. She wanted you to have the best that life could offer, and she helped push you along until you achieved more than you thought possible. Peggy was my sounding board and confidant. She understood what I was trying to say when I couldn’t find the words to express my feelings. She was there for good times, hard times, sad times and happy times.
Getting together with Peggy always included laughter, good conversation and of course, good food. I have so many of her recipes and each one takes me back to time spent together and sweet memories of a “once in a life-time” friend.”
We haven’t forgotten you sweet friend. Thinking of you and your influence always.
Ingredients for Artichoke Dip
When I first tasted this dip recipe, I thought, what is the wizardry?! I thought the ingredients must be complex to taste so good, but it’s all simple ingredients. This is all you need…
- Mayonnaise – we prefer Dukes brand all the way
- Parmesan Cheese – freshly grated
- Cream Cheese – softened and full fat or low fat, avoid fat free
- Garlic – fresh garlic is best
- Artichokes – you can use both the artichokes and the juice or you can drain the juice for a creamier dip
- Salt – flavor
- Dill – such a great herb for dips, and adds a bright pop of flavor
The measurements for each ingredient are listed in the recipe card at the end of the post.
How to Make Artichoke Dip in a Slow Cooker
This is a great dip to make the in the slow cooker. Blend everything as written in the instructions and then add everything to the slow cooker. Cook on low heat for 2-4 hours.
How to Make in the Instant Pot
If you need an appetizer in super duper hurry, then the Instant Pot might be your best bet. Combine everything as written in the instructions in the food processor and then pour it into the Instant Pot. Cook for 5 minutes on high pressure. You can do a natural release or quick release once it is done cooking. If you want that golden top, then pour it from the Instant Pot into a baking dish and stick it under the broiler for a couple of minutes.
Why You Will Love This Artichoke Dip
- You have 3 options for making this recipe depending on your schedule and what works best for you — oven, slow cooker or Instant Pot.
- It is made of all simple ingredients that are easy to find at the grocery store.
- It is ready from start to finish in 35 minutes and only takes about 5 minutes of prep time.
- It couldn’t be easier to make.
- The taste is out of this world no matter what you decide to dip in it!
What to Serve with Artichoke Dip
I would eat this dip plain like pudding if it was socially acceptable, but I love dipping all the things in it too. Here are a few ideas:
- Bagel Chips
- Pretzel Crisps
- Pita Chips
- Baguette Slices
- Tortilla Chips
- Fresh Veggies
Can You Make Artichoke Dip Ahead?
You can make this up to 3 days in advance, just store covered tightly in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.
How Do You Reheat Artichoke Dip?
Most dishes reheat best and retain their quality better using a conventional oven. Place in an oven safe container, covered, and into a 350°F oven for approximately 8-12 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Peggy would be so tickled to know so many of you are making her creamy artichoke dip recipe! It is an easy appetizer, and so rich and cheesy. Your next party needs some Peggy in it…make memories with the ones you love around a hot bowl of this dip!
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Creamy Artichoke Dip
- 1 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1 Cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, Grated
- 8 Oz Cream Cheese, Softened
- 1 Clove Garlic, minced
- 1 Can Artichokes, 14 ounces *see note
- 1 Pinch of Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Dill
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees
- Place everything in a food processor or blend and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the dip into a 9×13″ baking dish, large, shallow bowl or dish and bake for 30 minutes.
- Serve with bagel pieces, warmed bread or baguette slices.
- See note for slow cooker instructions*
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