2 cups canned artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup grated parmigiano
1 cup sour cream
Dash cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. plain breadcrumbs
Sauté artichokes and garlic in olive oil over medium-high heat for a few minutes until artichokes have a little color.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine next 7 ingredients. Add cooked artichokes and garlic. Place in small casserole dish and top with breadcrumbs.
Cover and bake at 375 degrees until bubbly (about 25-30 minutes).
Serve with cracker bread or toasted baguettes.
Substitute 1 cup crab meat for 1 cup artichoke hearts. Pinch of bay spices, basil and oregano.
I had this at a dinner party several years ago and have since decided it is by far the best artichoke dip I have ever tasted. I serve it with Panera's Asiago Cheese Demi bread (untoasted slices). The combination of flavors is marvelous. I could eat this and a Caesar salad and call it dinner.
The recipe originates from Cristina's of Sun Valley.