This creamy and satisfying dip has half the calories and a quarter of the fat of traditional artichoke dip. To save even more calories we serve it with cut-up vegetables instead of crackers.
- 9-ounce box frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
- 5 ounces frozen spinach, thawed (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 slices fresh white sandwich bread, crusts trimmed
- 1 1/2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese (about 12 ounces)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Pinch cayenne
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Vegetable cooking spray
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Serving suggestion: Strips of yellow or red bell pepper, and endive
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Drain the artichoke hearts and spinach in a colander, pressing with the back of a large spoon to remove excess liquid. Set aside to drain.
In a food processor, pulse the bread to make medium-textured crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a small bowl and set aside.
Put the ricotta, zest, thyme, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and cayenne in the processor and pulse until smooth. Add the artichokes, spinach, and Parmesan; pulse until evenly mixed but chunky. Spray a 4-cup gratin dish with vegetable cooking spray. Transfer the artichoke-spinach mixture to the dish.
Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, cook until aromatic and lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Stir in the bread crumbs and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, cook another minute. Spread the crumbs over the artichoke-spinach mixture. Bake the dip until browned and warmed through, about 45 minutes. Serve warm.
Per Serving: Calories: 129; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat: 3 grams; Protein: 8 grams; Total carbohydrates: 9 grams; Sugar: 1 gram; Fiber: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 15 milligrams; Sodium: 408 milligrams
-- Use lemon zest instead of lemon juice to add zing to vegetables - it won't turn them brown
-- Frozen artichoke hearts have less than half the calories of the marinated bottled kind.
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