Artichoke dip is one of those treats you try to make only when you have company. (You know you’ll scarf down the entire thing if left alone without any witnesses.) The appetizer is creamy, cheesy, and downright satisfying—which is why you should always keep a few easy artichoke dip recipes on hand. The thing is, if you know which ingredients to add, the appetizer can have a different spin every time you make it. From spicy to cheesy to seafood-inspired, you can always give this dip a new twist. Below, we’ve rounded up our three favorite artichoke dip recipes that are super easy to make. Try them out this week, and then whip up your favorite for your Fourth of July celebration.
FONTINA AND CHORIZO ARTICHOKE DIP
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh chorizo brings the heat to this flavorful artichoke dip with onion and fontina.
The Recipe: Sauté some onions in brown sugar until soft. Next, add chorizo to the pan with garlic chipotle chilies; after a minute, stir the artichoke pieces in with some chopped cilantro. Combine softened cream cheese and fontina, and mix in with the chorizo mixture. Then bake it in the oven.
The Clincher: Kick the dip up another notch with the addition of some jalapeño peppers.
KALE AND WHITE BEAN ARTICHOKE DIP
The Hero Ingredient: White beans add a certain creaminess to this easy artichoke dip—it’s almost like a cheesy hummus.
The Recipe: Blend soaked cashews, garlic, vegan cream cheese, olive oil, and almond milk until smooth before adding nutritional yeast for a pop of cheesiness. Layer sautéed kale in a baking dish with artichokes and white beans before adding the “cheese” mixture.
The Clincher: The dip only needs to bake in the oven for about 10 minutes (or until it bubbles). Make it in advance, and then pop it in the oven once your guests arrive.
SKINNY CRAB ARTICHOKE DIP
The Hero Ingredient: Jumbo lump crabmeat fancies up this recipe for artichoke dip with jalapeños and other veggies.
The Recipe: Make a roux from butter and flour, and then add milk to start the sauce. As it thickens, add shredded Parmesan and Gruyère, artichoke hearts, crabmeat, scallions, and lemon juice. Transfer to a baking dish, sprinkle with a bit more cheese, and bake until warm in the middle.
The Clincher: This totally tasty dip is only 75 calories per serving—time to go back for seconds.
Which easy artichoke dip recipe do you want to try first? Up next, read about the ultimate Fourth of July food hacks.