So do any of you remember the Thanksgiving episode of Friends where Monica is cooking dinner and Chandler is feigning an interest in football, but all he really wants to do is eat and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Welcome to my life. In high school, I loved going to football games, but once I got to college, I just lost interest.


I get it. I also get the party aspect of things. And since I am all for hanging out with friends and eating yummy food, I happily go along with the football game watching.

This recipe has quickly become a favorite among my friends here in Louisiana, so much so that I’ve been asked to make it twice within the last week (and asked for the recipe more times than I can count). Since college football season is here, I figured there couldn’t be a better to share this dip!

This dip is actually a variation of the Jalapeno Popper Dip that I posted back in January for the Super Bowl. Same bones–mayonnaise, cream cheese, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese–but then I swapped the peppers out for artichoke hearts and added a whole bunch of garlic. Like to the point where someone asked me the other day if I was making garlic bread. And THAT is what makes it so awesome.

Putting it together is super easy–just chop up the garlic and drain and chop those artichokes…

And then mix them up with the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and Parmesan cheese, bake it at 350 for 25 minutes or so, and voilacheesy, garlicky awesomeness.

Now…I’ve kicked this healthy eating thing into high gear, so I did NOT need a ton of this stuff lying around my house because it was a disaster waiting to happen. But my artichoke-hating husband loves this stuff, so I wanted to keep a little around for him. Agonizing about how to handle this situation, I discovered these in the section of Walmart with the canning jars and food storage containers:

They were only $1.50 for three small tins and a great way to share the goodness with friends! One recipe will fill about 4 of these bad boys (or 6 if you fill them a little less full) and can actually be baked for pretty much the same amount of time. I wrote the instructions on the plastic lid

and wrapped it in a cute bow. Can you honestly tell me that if someone brought this and a bag of chips over it wouldn’t brighten your day?

Which brings up an interesting point of debate: what do you serve this with?

I love, love, love it with slices of bread (sourdough baguette, if you want to get particular), but others swear by tortilla chips. I’ve even spread it on a mini bagel for a little snack before. This time around, I served it with chunks of French bread as well as tortilla chips so people could pick what they preferred.

So what college teams are you cheering for? Or are you like me and just along for the snacks?


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