I adore bubbly, gooey delicious artichoke dip slathered on French bread.
It’s my weakness at any party. And I make an incredible version but it is so unhealthy- it contains 1 cup of mayonnaise and 3 cups of cheese.
I knew my recipe was unhealthy but had no idea how bad it was until recently when I wrote a food column about it ran the ingredients through a database and my jaw dropped: it contains 2,092 calories and 203 grams of fat.
Ouch. I calculated for the entire dish instead of per serving because you never know how much people will eat.
I’m determined not to gain weight this holiday season and that means that dip is out. I am at an age where weight doesn’t come off like it used to so I am going to be more careful which means revamping some of my favorite recipes.
So I lightened up the dip and the results were AMAZING. AMAZING. I am so proud of it. I can’t believe it saves that many calories and that much fat and still tastes this fantastic. Look how gooey it still is
. Just by switching from artichokes packed in oil to canned ones packed in water, I saved 36 grams of fat. Then, I used light mayonnaise which slashed 39 grams of fat and 460 calories. I cut out 1 ¼ cups of cheese, too. Whenever you remove fat, you have to add extra flavor so I sprinkled it with Italian seasoning, garlic powder and garlic salt. Also, I used Parmesan because that’s a flavorful cheese. The new dip has 1,130 calories for the entire dish which is made in a pie pan and 84 grams of fat (that’s 119 grams less of fat).
I hope you enjoy it.
Light Artichoke Dip
1 (14.5-ounce) can artichoke hearts in water, thoroughly drained and patted dry
2/3 cup Duke’s light mayonnaise (or your favorite brand)
1 cup part skim mozzarella cheese
¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ heaping teaspoon Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together the first five ingredients until combined. Place in a shallow pie pan. Top with Italian seasoning and garlic salt. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Serve warm with French bread or crackers.