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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Can you use frozen artichokes?
Hi Fran! I wouldn’t recommend it. The texture does not turn out well.
The dip tasted great, but so oily! I am not sure if it was the dukes mayo or what but, I followed the recipe exactly and had to drain so much oil off of it.
Hi Cristi! Did you drain the artichokes? I’m glad you enjoyed the flavor!!
This is such a heartfelt post. Thank you for sharing. I will make Peggy’s recipe. How lucky for you all to have had her in your life! Life is so fragile, we need cherish each moment. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you so much Donna! I can’t wait for you try this dip! Life is so, so fragile. I’m trying to remind myself everyday to cherish every moment just like you said! Happy Holidays!
I love your all recipes!
OMG! I love this one………
< I '' ll try it with 1/4 cup asiago grated in addition to the other cheeses! Stop me now if this is a bad idea , thank you .
MMMMMM That’s a wonderful idea!
Which is your favorite color Carrian? Mine would be Turquoise and iced mint love it !
I am in the process of looking for a dip for work tomorrow when I came across yours. I have to say the back story made me cry as I recently lost my “Peggy”. She was my person and I was hers since second grade. She was only 41. So we will be missing out on alot of memories that had yet to be made. I will be making this tonight. It really sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the story.
Can you add spinach to this dip?
also, is the dill essential or can it be left out?
The dill wont make it taste at all like dill but it does add a little something so I wouldn’t skip it, but if you need to it’s ok to miss it. And ye, we add spinach all the time. 🙂
I’ve made this before exactly as instructed, but was wanting to make this for a potluck. Would this be okay to cook in a slow cooker? Thanks
Oh absolutely! Just make sure you spray the slow cooker with nonstick spray well!
Can you help with the size of the can of the artichokes? Thanks for sharing the memories behind the recipe.
Yes, 14 ounces and I’ll put that in the recipe. 🙂
Thanks! Will be making this tonight!
I can certainly see where you and your girls get their beauty! 🙂
Awwwww! Thank you!
Rocky Mountain Woman
Well I think I have to make Peggy’s recipe for the big game. It just seems wrong not to now that I know her!
And you will love it!
This dip looks beyond delicious! I loved your post!
Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
This post is SO sweet-my mom and her best friend are the same way. And this artichoke dip totally looks out of this world-I can see why everyone always raves about it and requests it!
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
I’m sure Peggy would be so proud that you’re sharing this dip recipe, Carrian! It looks INCREDIBLE.. so smooth and full of flavor. I couldn’t be trusted around it, that’s for sure!
Thanks, Hayley!! You’re always so stinkin’ sweet. Hope you’re well.
What a wonderful post and tribute to Peggy. True friendships like that make life so rich, and I’m sure you all miss her desperately.
This dip looks wonderful…perfect for the big upcoming football day!
Thanks, Dara. She was such an inspiration and was taken from us so suddenly.
Peggy sounds like she was a wonderful woman!! I hope I leave a mark like she has. And this dip – I need it in my life!!
Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
Such a wonderful, heartfelt post. I really have to try the dip now. Perfect for the super bowl.
Thanks, friend! Let me know if you try it.
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
What a great post, sounds like you have wonderful memories!
This dip looks amazing – so creamy!
next time I am craving artichoke dip (shouldn’t be long, I want it often!), I will make this one! I never thought to process the artis to a smooth dip – I love it!
thanks for sharing about your friend – such a wonderful tribute!
Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama
Oh what a sweet post! And this dip looks amazing, I could eat an entire bowl.
Cassie | Bake Your Day
I want that whole bowl!
trust, it’s worth it.
Angela @ AnotherBitePlease
oh what a sweet sweet post…first for your mom to have such an amazing friend and then for you yourself to have her such a huge part in your life too…what a special special lady. i love when recipes have a family story behind them – that is always the best 🙂
Me too. They seriously taste and mean so much more when there’s history with the recipe
I do have a favorite hot artichoke dip but I’m going to have to give this one a try!
Lovely post, but I was hoping we would get to see a photo of your mom!
There’s a pic of my mom. It just wasn’t loading earlier. 😉
This looks so good! I’m glad you had your mom guest post…I was literally just considering that with my mom. I loved your mom’s post – very touching!
I’ve made a similar dip – but add lump crab meat in it…AWESOME! That is, if you like crab meat! 🙂
Sounds delicious! Totally have your mom post and I’ll keep my eyes open for it.