I know this is a pictureless post, but I made this to bring to a Superbowl party and didn’t think to photograph it at the time. But it was so good I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post it. The creaminess of the mascarpone and mozzarella works beautifully with the sharpness of the parmesan, brightness of the artichoke hearts, and heat from the hot sauce and chile flakes. The rich roasted garlic really brings everything together. The textures are also a great match, with the crispy panko bread crumbs working beautifully with the melt-y, creamy cheese. Basically, this dip was satisfying and addictive, and I couldn’t stop going back for one more chip or cracker full of it. I really can’t say enough about how delicious this was – it was a true crowd pleaser. The hint of spice is what really takes this over the top.
Somehow we managed to have a little of this leftover (we all had to save some room for the salad, chili, and the best key lime pie I’ve ever eaten), so I mixed it up with some cooked noodles and baked it for a really decadent macaroni and cheese.
Hot Cheesy Artichoke and Roasted Garlic Dip
Adapted from Spoon Fork Bacon
1 head garlic
1 tbs. olive oil
1 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
1 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature (you can use cream cheese)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup fresh mozzarella, shredded
1/4 cup plus 2 tbs. parmesan, grated
2 tbs. hot sauce
2 tsp. dry mustard
2 tsp. red chile flakes
1 tsp. chili powder
1/3 cup panko bread crubs
1 tbs. butter, melted
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375º.
Cut off top 1/4″ of garlic head. Place on a square of tinfoil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap the foil around the garlic. Transfer to oven and roast 45 minutes, or until garlic cloves are softened and golden brown. Squeeze garlic cloves into a medium mixing bowl. Mash with a fork until paste consistency. Add all ingredients except 2 tbs. parmesan, panko, and butter. Stir to combine. Taste for seasonings, and adjust as necessary.
Transfer to a 3 cup baking dish. Set aside.
Mix together 2 tbs. parmesan cheese, panko, and melted butter. Spread in an even layer across the top of the dip.
Transfer to oven and bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes until cheese is bubbling and topping is golden brown.