Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hot Cheesy Artichoke Dip (Flat Branch Copycat!)

Hot & Cheesy Artichoke Dip

Confession time: I don’t love artichokes.  I know!  And even worse: only a few months ago, I would have avoided them at all costs.  I’m talking pick around them in spinach artichoke dip, leave them off the pizza, and steamed artichokes? Forget about it!

But let me just say that my taste buds have turned a corner lately.  I now admittedly love artichokes on pizza, and I’m much more open to trying them in different recipes.  Which is why they are showing up today in this hot and cheesy artichoke dip.

We recently went on a date night in Columbia to Flat Branch Pub & Brewing.  Everyone around here kept raving about this place – the food, the beer and specifically the Chokes and Cheese Dip.  I thought, “yeah right, I’m sure it will be OK.”  Um, you guys, it was MORE than OK.  It was one of THOSE recipes that Paul and I sat as we ate and dissected each and every bite until we figured out the ingredients.  And then it made an appearance in our kitchen only about two weeks later.

Hot & Cheesy Artichoke Dip

I guess it’s a little unique because they serve it in a bread bowl and who doesn’t love bread and cheese together?  And it has just a little bit of spice that adds the perfect amount of flavor, but not too much heat.  And then the artichokes – the perfect balance of flavor and texture with the cheese.  Overall winner and I think the next time we go back I am ordering this for my meal.  Let’s say this dip is quickly turning around my opinion of artichokes! 

Hot & Cheesy Artichoke Dip

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Hot Cheesy Artichoke Dip

Yield: 4 cups; 2 dip bowls

Total Time: 35 min

My take on a Flat Branch Pub & Brewing's Chokes and Cheese Dip - artichoke dip with 3 cheeses and a little bit of spice, served in a bread bowl.


1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup shredded Parmesan
1 cup mozzarella cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (15-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped well
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut a hole in the top of a two bread bowls and scoop out the bread inside, creating a cavity for the dip. Set aside the extra bread for dipping later.

In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Parmesan, mozzarella and cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the artichokes, green onions, garlic and season with salt pepper and cayenne pepper and stir well until all ingredients are well-distributed.

Divide the filling evenly between the two prepared bread bowls. Cover lightly with a small piece of aluminum foil. Bake in the 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until heated through. Top with an additional sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and serve with carrots, celery and/or chips, and the reserved bread.

Cassie's Notes:
This recipe will feed a crowd - and it's rich! So if you are having a small gathering, I would suggest halving the recipe.

The dip mixture is also amazing served cold!

Also, if you prefer spinach in your artichoke dip, add 6 ounces of fresh chopped spinach or 12 ounces of frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed of water) to the mixture before baking in the bread bowl.

Inspired by Flat Branch Pub & Brewing's Chokes and Cheese Dip

Hot & Cheesy Artichoke Dip


42 Responses to “Hot Cheesy Artichoke Dip (Flat Branch Copycat!)”

  1. #
    Aggie — August 29, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    I’m so glad you’re coming around to artichokes – I love them!! This dip looks heavenly Cassie.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 29, 2013 @ 6:21 am

    This reminds me of an jalepeno cheesy artichoke dip I used to buy at the groc store deli. It was so good. Too good. I can’t even buy it anymore b/c I’d eat the whole tub in a day 🙂 I just need to make your version. And not liking artichokes? Glad you’ve come around!

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    Tieghan — August 29, 2013 @ 6:58 am

    I love artichokes and actually have spinach and artichoke dip on the blog today! I love, love, love this bread bowl! That cheesy artichoke dip looks crazy good!

  4. #
    DessertForTwo — August 29, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    I’m OBSESSED with artichokes. They’re so great steamed and eaten leaf-by-leaf dipped in mustard butter 🙂

  5. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — August 29, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Cassie, I’ve shared similar artichoke reservations! I adore them fresh, but something about the canned variety can creep me out (unless I brown them on the stove first). This super cheese-tastic dip (in bread!) I have no doubt would make me a believer.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 29, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    I know just what you mean about artichokes — I’m super picky as to how they are prepared and what they are in/on… though admittedly, I have always loved artichoke dip. Which means I’d totally love this cheesy version!

  7. #
    Aaron Perrault — August 29, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    This looks amazing. I think i may make it this weekend for a cookout. BTW, I am having problems with your Save Recipe function on your site.


  8. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — August 29, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    oh yeah!! Are you ready for some football?!!!

  9. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — August 29, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    What? You don’t like artichokes? This dip will HAD to make you switch sides I’m betting. Perfect game day munching, and nice hand modeling! Good to see you put your husb to work too.

  10. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — August 29, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    I’m not in love with artichokes either, but I adore a cheesy artichoke dip! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — August 29, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    Great looking artichoke dip!

  12. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 29, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    All kinds of dead right now.

  13. #
    Kathryn — August 29, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    I’m not a great artichoke fan either but I reckon this would become a firm favourite!

  14. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — August 29, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    Dang girl, you are like the queen of cheesy awesome snacks! Obsessed with this!

  15. #
    Stephanie — August 29, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    This looks so yummmy! Just had artichokes on my Madison’s house salad. One of my favs…

  16. #
    Jackie {The Beeroness} — August 29, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I used to feel the same way about pickles because I’d only had the gross store bought, limp nasty guys. Once I had good, homemade deli ones, I totally changed my mind. I think artichokes are similar, if you have really well done ones, that don’t taste like a metal can, it’s a completely different beast.
    Also, I need this at my next football party.

  17. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 29, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    I am in love with this hot cheesy dip!! Labor Day just got a whole lot better:)

  18. #
    Vicki Bensinger — August 29, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    My daughter and I love artichoke dips with our without spinach and I have to say yours looks heavenly. I especially like that you placed it in a bread bowl. How perfect – this way the remaining scraps can be torn off and eaten. Great recipe!

  19. #
    Des — August 29, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    Cassie, this is cheesy artichoke perfection! I am a sucker for all things artichokes. And would eat all this dip and the bread bowl in one sitting.

  20. #
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — August 29, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    Oh my goodness, I just want to tear off a huge chunk of that bread bowl. Artichoke dip is one of my favorite things, and this hot and cheesy version looks amazing! Cheese and carbs, how can you go wrong?!

  21. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — August 29, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    yesssss!!! I love a good cheesy artichoke dip and uh yeah bread never hurts

  22. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 29, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I love artichoke dip, this looks so good!

  23. #
    Joanne — August 29, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    DIDN’T LIKE ARTICHOKES?!? Well I am certainly glad you turned THAT around. Because they are awesome.

    This dip is happening during some of the.boy’s incessant football-game-watching this fall/winter. Because we all know I’m only in it for the food.

  24. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 29, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    Must make this soon! I adore artichokes and when you add the cheesy bread I’m totally in love!!

  25. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — August 29, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    Ive always loved spinach and artichoke dip..I’ve always picked around the artichokes too, and don’t think Ive ever tried them in any other form. You’re making me re-think my taste buds too! Plus, anything served in a bread bowl’s, gotta be good!

  26. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 29, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    I totally want to dive into this bread bowl with this yummy dip! Love it and love the pictures too! Looks amazing!

  27. #
    cquek — August 30, 2013 @ 2:59 am

    photography is beautiful! This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try the recipe.

  28. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — August 30, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    I don’t like whole artichokes because, let’s be real, I’m lazy. But I really like artichoke hearts. ESPECIALLY in a dip like this. Yum!

  29. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 30, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    What a fabulous dip, Cassie! The bread bowl makes it even better!

  30. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 30, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    Artichoke dip is one of my husbands favorites – I am definitely going to have to try this with him. Looks wonderful!

  31. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 1, 2013 @ 2:17 am

    I’m not much of an artichoke person either but I’ve recently begun to love them so I’m sure I would die over this comforting, cheesy dip!

  32. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — September 1, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    This is hands down my favorite dip and I love that you put it in a bread bowl… super genius move there friend!

  33. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — September 6, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    OH yes, this is perfect 🙂 I love artichoke dip!!

  34. #
    Dawn — November 10, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    Does the mayo mean real mayo or miracle whip??

    • Cassie replied: — November 10th, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

      Hi Dawn, I use real mayonnaise (always Helmans!) but if you like the taste of Miracle Whip I”m sure it would work well too.

  35. #
    Dawn — November 10, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    That’s what I prefer as well. That’s what I used and it seemed to overwhelm it just a bit. Otherwise it’s a great recipe


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