Appetizers Bread

Artichoke Bread

March 4, 2013

This post today is part of the Secret Recipe Club. Each month bloggers are assigned a blog and make something from it. For March, my secret blog is Jenna’s Cooking Journey! I started drooling the minute I found Artichoke Bread on her blog. I’m obsessed with dips, especially creamy, rich ones and this reminded me of hot artichoke spinach dip. What I like about this recipe is that you don’t have to bother with dipping…it’s already smeared on the bread for you! I don’t want to tell you how many pieces I ate when this was hot out of the oven. Let’s just say it was my dinner with a big glass of milk!

Artichoke Bread

So, how’s it taste?

It’s fantastic. It really is like eating dip on bread. It’s great because it’s already prepared for you. No guessing how many crackers you need versus how big a scoop of dip is on your plate. It’s almost too easy seeing as I kept shoveling it in my mouth! The original recipe calls for scooping out some of the bread, but I hate wasting food, so I kept the loaf of bread in tact. I’m glad I did because the dip is very rich and decadent and the bread helps balance that out so you don’t get a mouthful of cream cheese. It’s very hearty, too, so pairing this bread with soup or salad would make a fantastic meal. Unless you’re like me and make the bread a meal. Nothing wrong with that! I tried to lower the calories where I could, but this is still by no means a low calorie choice, but totally worth the splurge. You all know I’m a cheese lover and this one has three kinds, so no complaints from me!

This bread would be great for parties as an appetizer. I had some of the spread leftover (because I didn’t hollow out the bread), but I already have plans for it. I think it would be great as a spread on sandwiches. Thanks, Jenna, for this awesome recipe! It won’t be the last time I make it!

Artichoke Bread


1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2 green onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature (low fat works fine)
1/4 cup mayonnaise (low fat works fine)
1/2 cup greek yogurt or sour cream (nonfat greek or low fat sour cream works fine)
1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
1/4 cup parmesan or asiago cheese, grated
1 loaf Italian bread, sliced in half lengthwise


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix the artichoke hearts, green onions, garlic, cream cheese, mayonnaise, yogurt or sour cream, mozzarella, and parmesan, reserving some of the cheese.

2. Spread the mixture onto the bread slices and top with the reserved cheese.

3. Bake covered in foil for 15-20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the cheese is melted and golden brown.(At this point, I used my broiler setting to brown the cheese and bread. Only takes a few minutes and watch carefully as it will burn quickly.)

4. Slice into "sticks" for easier eating.

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  • melissa@IWasBornToCook March 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

    This looks SO good – I’m afraid of how much of this I’d eat myself!

    • Leah March 4, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Yep, I had zero self control!

  • Isabelle @ Crumb March 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Great pick! I’ve made a very similar recipe a few times (coincidentally enough, one I also got through the SRC). I only ever make it when we have people coming over, though… it’s so good that I’d easily eat an entire loaf on my own, otherwise!

    • Leah March 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Ha ha! That’s smart. I’ll just make this for company so I don’t devour it all in one sitting myself!

  • sara March 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

    YUM. This bread looks absolutely amazing…I love artichoke dip too, and this looks like the perfect way to enjoy it! 🙂

    • Leah March 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

      It really is!

  • Beth March 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I literally just saved this recipe from her blog a week ago. I’m so jealous that you got to make it already… dying to try it. Stopping by from March SRC Reveal. Can’t wait to read more of your blog, your pics are beautiful!

    • Leah March 5, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Thanks, Beth! You will love this bread. It’s sooo good!

  • AmandaE March 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    OMGoodness this bread look incredible! Also a huge fan of artichoke dip so I’ll have to give this a whirl soon.

    • Leah March 5, 2013 at 7:33 am

      I highly recommend it if you like artichoke dip. It’s pretty amazing!

  • Kate March 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    o.m.g. this makes me want to throw out whatever i was going to make for dinner tonight and eat this bread instead. i can’t wait for an excuse to make it!

    • Leah March 5, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Ha ha, yeah I’m not afraid to admit I’ve had this for dinner more than once. It’s that good!

  • cooking rookie March 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    mmmm yummm, I should make something like this – so simple and great for the cold winter weather. Great pick for SRC! And the photo looks beautiful too 🙂

    • Leah March 5, 2013 at 7:34 am

      It is perfect for the cooler temperatures. Right up there with the usual comfort foods. I’d take bread & cheese any day!

  • Lisa~~ March 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I too could easily make a dinner out of your delicious bread…yum!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Loaded Potato Soup.


    • Leah March 5, 2013 at 7:35 am

      Ooo, I love loaded potatoes, so I’ll definitely check out your soup. Probably would go well with this bread!

  • Jenna March 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    We LOVE this bread. So glad you did too. I’m pretty sure my husband would love if I made this a meal in and of itself.

    • Leah March 5, 2013 at 7:35 am

      So glad you posted the recipe! It is fabulous. I’m already wishing I had brought some to work for breakfast! 😉

  • Camilla @ Culinary Adventures March 5, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Artichoke dip is one of our favorites…I would definitely have to make it when I was forced to share. Nick pick for the SRC.

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef March 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    i LOVE this idea. i can’t wait to try it!

  • Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook March 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Oh my goodness; this looks amazing! I love that dip too, so I can’t wait to try this. Great choice!

  • Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings March 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    this bread looks soooo good! yay for src 🙂

  • Shelby March 6, 2013 at 4:50 am

    I’m a lot like you. Would probably end up being a meal for me too. 🙂 Sounds super delicious!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist March 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I just LOVE artichoke bread, so very much.

  • Margaret March 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Oh! Yeah! I can definitely see these at the next BBQ!!