Kale and Artichoke Dip

We all know that kale is good for us, right?  It seems that the whole world knows this because they are gobbling up this super food these days and there is now a warning of a world shortage.  Apparently, the  kale farmers were not prepared for the overwhelming popularity and really, who would have thought it would take off the way it did?  Folks just love this stuff.  They love it so much, they’re naming their babies after it.  According to ABC News last year in the US, 250 babies were named ‘Kale’?  A little over the top, wouldn’t you say?

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Gwyneth Paltrow named her baby, ‘Apple’ so I guess ‘Broccoli’ and ‘Carrot’ are not far behind!  Oh well, today we have kale and artichoke.  Wait, that’s it!  Artichoke could be the next popular name.  Unforgettable to be sure.  Reminds me of the time someone introduced themselves to me as ‘Robin Hood’ and I thought they were making fun of my name.  Turns out she just had very cruel parents.  Who would DO that?

Ok, on to this cute little dip.  The recipe came from Food Network but, as always, I made a few of my own adjustments to bring it more in line with my taste buds, this was fantastic!  You know I love different textures so I let this cook a little longer so I could have a crispier topping to the creamy deliciousness beneath.  And I gotta be honest here – this is not super healthy by any means, there’s far too much cheese in it but I did my best to cut down on the calories for you.

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Those tasty little chips you see on the plate are pinto bean chips with sea salt.  This was my recent discovery and I’m loving these!  I’m guessing you have had Beanitos (btw, I’m not getting a dime for mentioning these guys, lol) in the US for ages but this is the first time I’ve seen them in Canada and they are a healthier choice than tortillas.  The calorie count is still pretty high so you can’t go nuts on them but they are corn free, cholesterol free, preservative free, gluten-free, no MSG, vegan, kosher and no trans-fat.  And they are so darn delicious – loved them!

This dip is as easy as measuring, mixing and turning it into your dish for baking.  Done in 25 minutes and it will be a big hit in any season.  You see those little hints of bright blue in the pics?  That’s my contribution to pushing us into Spring!

I hope your week is off to a good start, everyone.  Cheers!

 

Kale and Artichoke Dip
Author: Robyn (adapted from The Food Network)
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup marinated artichokes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup low-fat Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • large pinch of cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt
  • clove of garlic, finely minced (jarred is fine)
  • bean chips or an assortment of veggies for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Combine the kale, artichoke hearts, 1/2 cup of the Swiss cheese, the milk, all but 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan, the cream cheese, Worcestershire, cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the garlic in a medium bowl. Transfer to a 1-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Swiss cheese and 1 tablespoon Parmesan. Bake until bubbly and lightly golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let set for 5 minutes and serve with bean chips or veggies.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Mindy
    March 9, 2015 at 9:49 am

    You are too funny! The dip looks fantastic – a definite make for me. The ONE thing that didn’t do well in our garden last year was the kale. I picked a weird variety I think so will go basic this year. I have yet to discover the pinto chips but will try to find them. We love beans in this house and made into a chip sounds great
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      Robyn
      March 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      You’ll have to let me know how it goes this year, Mindy. If you’re having trouble, there’s no way I’m going to try and grow it, lol.
      Oh my gosh..these bean chips! So much better tasting than tortilla chips! Thanks for visiting. Hope your week is off to a great start!
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    Stephanie
    March 9, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Oh Robyn, you make me laugh 🙂 If I ever have a little girl I will keep your name suggestion in mind…. I could call her “Atrie” for short. hee hee

    Your dip looks wonderful! I will definitely be trying this one, my friend. Thanks for sharing and have a delightful day! Hugs!
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      Robyn
      March 9, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      LOL, Stephanie, she’ll never forgive you! Thanks for the sweet comments. This truly was delicious! Loved your post on your mom’s blog – beautiful!
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    Suz
    March 9, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I love artichoke dip. Don’t know it I care enough about kale to try it. Looks delicious.

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      Robyn
      March 9, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      You could sub in spinach for the kale, Susan, and it would be just as delicious! Thank so much for stopping by.
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    Anita Rivera
    March 9, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Sweet Robyn! I missed this posting since I left early for work! I LOVE KALE! It’s an intense green however, and now unfortunately, I have to watch my intake of it (kidney stones!!!!!!!!) BUMMER…..

    But this looks wonderful. How are you?

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    cheri
    March 9, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Pinto chips? what will they think of next. I bet they are delicious, just like your amazing dip!!
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    Jessica @ Sweet Menu
    March 10, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Talk about delish! This dip looks fantastic, I just want to dive right in!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    March 10, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Delicious and creamy! I think Kale is a far cooler kids name that the trend many years ago when people used to name their kids after cars… Daytona, Aston, Maverick…

    This is a great little weekend recipe for guests that pop over. I love a hot and toasty appetiser. Gorgeous photos and sharing, of course!
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    Linda
    March 10, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Robyn, we don’t love Kale. I have tried it a few times and it is like eating grass…LOL My husband ordered a kale caesar salad and hated it….I will substitute spinach or something else…The pinto chips are something different. I love the Food Network…. Glad you like your scroll button. My pleasure my sweet friend. Lots of love from W.W. xo

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    Jane
    March 11, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Looks lovely..Tom and I love artichoke dip. Definitely going to try this. XOXO Jane

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    karen
    March 13, 2015 at 9:16 am

    so trying this…I know my son would LOVE it. Found you on Let’s Get Real Friday.
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    Marla
    March 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    That looks absolutely delicious and filled with a wealth of health. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.
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    Miz Helen
    March 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Your Kale Artichoke Dip looks awesome! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen
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