Saturday, February 21, 2009

Academy Award Winning Dips

One of my favorite parts of watching the Oscars is the food. I love parties that include a bunch of types of appetizers (this is probably why I love Spanish tapas) as I get to try a little bit of a lot of dishes. Here I have 3 dips that are easy to prepare (active time is about 10 minutes for each) and simply delicious.

The Dips:

Hot Artichoke
Pesto & Asiago Cheese
Cilantro, Chives & Yogurt

Serve dips with fresh baguette, crackers, grape tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower & other desired veggies.

Hot Artichoke Dip

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 12oz jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained

Preheat oven to 375.

Coarsely chop artichokes. Mix with mayonnaise and Parmesan. Bake until cheese is melted and dip is bubbling. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes before serving.

Pesto & Asiago Cheese Dip

1 tablespoon pesto
1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup cream cheese

Mix together cheese, pesto and sour cream Ta da! (It's that easy). You can also serve this dip warm, to do so, prepare in the same manner as the hot artichoke dip.

Cilantro, Chives & Yogurt Dip

1 1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons minced chives
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
1/2 minced garlic clove
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix together yogurt, chives, cilantro, garlic and lemon juice. Let sit at least 3 hours (preferably overnight) for flavors to blend.


  1. These are great ideas! sounds so appetizing.

  2. Wish I was having a party on Oscar night ... well, what the heck, that artichoke dip sounds good enuf for me to polish off on my own! And maybe I'll let the hubbs take a swipe.

  3. Wonderful, my favorite part of the Oscars as well...that & the clothes! Spanish tapas sound like a perfect Oscar night nosh! Bravo!

  4. I grew my own cilantro this year because my husband loves it so much so will be sure to try your yogurt cilantro dip. Sounds really healthy for a dip also, which I like.

  5. I love all of these, and I decided I am going to grow herbs this year, I miss my gardening...


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