Hot Artichoke Dip Recipe - Gluten-Free + Vegan

Hot artichoke dip that is gluten free and dairy free vegan
This hot artichoke dip is worthy of a party. Gluten-free and vegan.

Party Worthy Dip

I wasn't sure I had another recipe post in me -- before the year of 2010 turns into a pumpkin and rolls backward into the past. I thought I was going out with a year-end Top Ten Gluten-Free Recipes post, catching up with all you gluten-free  lovelies again in 2011. I thought I was done. Spent. Empty as a pocket, to quote a certain singer-songwriter. So much for assumptions.

Turns out my fevered brain wasn't done with 2010. It spun off in party mode as soon as I heard that my oldest son was officially engaged. He popped the question with true romantic flare. On a wine train. In the rain. In Napa Valley. And she said yes. The ring fit. People on the train applauded. It doesn't get much better than this. To witness your son's heart. Blooming.

And so. The year closes. I make a mug of chamomile tea and reflect upon the deepest joys of motherhood, turning their myriad facets toward the window light above the kitchen sink stacked with breakfast plates, cups, and spoons. Learning to love with open arms and a tender opinion, unconditional. This floats to the top of all other joys. The thick cream of it. A layered, rich reward. To love a son expands your heart beyond measure. To see him love, and inspire love, is the most beautiful working of magic. 

Don't you think?

Melty hot artichoke dip makes a perfect gluten free vegan appetizer for parties
I'm thinking this hot artichoke dip would be fab on gluten-free pasta!

Karina's Hot Artichoke Dip Recipe - Gluten-Free + Vegan

Recipe posted December 2010.

This is the easiest vegan party dip ever. Not to mention, creamy and fabulous. Celebrations need not be complicated. Not when delicious is as simple as uno, dos, tres. I used a bag of Trader Joe's frozen artichoke hearts, as I didn't want the oiliness of jarred artichoke hearts. And as for the "buttered" almond topping, if you need to avoid nuts, you can substitute the almonds for your favorite "buttered" breadcrumbs.


12-oz bag thawed frozen artichoke hearts
1 peeled garlic clove
1 tablespoon finely diced red onion
1/2 cup Vegenaise® or your favorite egg-free mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain vegan soy yogurt or sour cream
1 tablespoon vegan "Parmesan"
1 tablespoon white wine or fresh lemon juice
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of ground pepper

For topping:

1 tablespoon of vegan butter spread (I used Earth Balance)
3 tablespoons of sliced almonds (or gluten-free breadcrumbs)


Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Dump the thawed artichoke hearts and the peeled garlic clove into the bowl of a food processor and pulse on and off to chop rather fine. Scoop the chopped artichokes and garlic into a mixing bowl. Add in the finely diced onion (I don't bother to dice this small amount of onion in the processor). Add the Vegenaise, soy yogurt, vegan "Parm", white wine or lemon juice, sea salt and pepper. Mix together to blend well.

Spoon into a smallish baking dish or crock. Set aside.

Make your topping. Melt the vegan buttery spread in a small skillet and add the sliced almonds. Stir to coat.

Add the buttered almonds to the top of the artichoke dip.

Bake in the center of a preheated oven for about 20 minutes, till bubbly around the edges and heated through.

Serve with Gluten-Free Crackers or thin toasted slices of these Gluten-Free Baguettes.

Makes roughly 2 cups of dip.

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Recipe Notes:

Use buttered breadcrumbs as a toasty topping, if you prefer- though I must tell you, the sliced almonds accent the creamy dip with a lovely crunch.

I'm using this dip tonight as a pasta sauce - because I have extra. I'm going to toss hot cooked Lundberg brown rice penne in the warmed dip with almonds. How bad will that be?
And yes, if moo-cow dairy products love you like no other, using organic yogurt and Parmesan cheese will work.

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More tasty dip recipes from food bloggers:

Pinch My Salt's Hot White Bean Dip with Rosemary + Parmesan
Kalyn's Kitchen's White Bean + Artichoke Dip
Andrea Meyers' Cannellini Bean Dip with Garlic Scapes

xox Karina


Winnie said...

Um, did you read my mind? I tweeted earlier today that I was looking for a hot artichoke dip recipe that wasn't terrible for you. And here it is- so beautiful and I am sure so delicious...
Congrats on your son's engagement- mine son is 11 and I can not even begin to imagine what that day will be like...thanks for sharing the excellent news :)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try this recipe...and congrats on your son's engagement! :)

Joi said...

I have made this dip before (hot arti dip is one of my faves!), but I've never added the almonds! I will be making this to enjoy at tomorrow night's party! Thanks for your amazing-ness & Happy New Year!

Joanna said...

Oooh...that looks yummy! Congrats on your son's engagement. Mine is 5 and I can't believe how much I love him and how much love is in his heart. That is an incredible thing to teach and allow to grow, thank you for that thought.

Heather said...

Sounds DELICIOUS!!! I may just make some tonight to go with the breadsticks I just made for my husband!! :-) Thanks again Karina and Congrats on your son's engagement!

Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan said...

love artichoke! nice new years dip!

Dancing About Architecture said...

As the mother of 2 sons (ages 18 and 16), I have often thought, "my greatest wish is that they are loved, and that they love". So much joy for you in knowing that your son has achieved both. :)

Anonymous said...

Looks yummy! I do know what you mean about watching your grown son be in a loving relationship, it's a lovely thing. Congratulations to your son and future you all!
All the best in 2011.

Auntie Hattie said...

this does sound delightful! ...and don't you adore Lundberg products? nice finish to the year Karina, & best wishes for 2011


Our Walk said...

Your rich cream of life comments were beautiful!
Three married sons and one daughter just married, seven 'Grands' ~ life is indeed rich and it doesn't get better than that. Thank you for making our lives rich with your comments and recipes, Karina.

granolaliz said...

This looks great! Yum-eee! Your recipes make it easy for me to want to be in the kitchen again.

Kalyn said...

Yes, I do think it is magic. Both the engagement and your writing.

Jeanette said...

What a nice healthy alternative to the traditional artichoke dip, and congratulations on your son's engagement!

VeggieAmanda said...

I can't remember the last time I had artichoke dip. This sounds like heaven!

Susan said...

Your comments on your son's engagement are so beautifully expressed! I have two adult sons (not yet at that chapter in life) and want to thank you for expressing the mother of the groom-to-be's feelings. That does not happen often enough.
Can't wait to try this recipe, too. I love artichokes!
Best wishes for 2011!

Diane-The WHOLE Gang said...

This sounds like my kind of comfort food. Sending hubby to grocery store for missing ingredients. I'll be digging in tonight. Happy New Year Karina!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Looks so lovely. Happy New Year!

Diane@Peaceful Acres Farm said...

Congratulations Karina! Our son did the same this year! I'm thinking that your dip might make a great addition to our wedding rehearsal dinner! Thanks!

The InTolerant Chef said...

Congratulations, and thank you for including us in this intimate moment of your lives. Happy New Year!

moonwatcher said...

Thank you for this beautiful post, Karina. As another mother of a grown son, I certainly do agree it is magic!! The recipe sounds really delicious, too. I like the idea of it with brown rice penne. I may have to make some just for that!

A magical and loving New Year to you, and to your family--


Deanna said...

Congratulations to you and your son. Your reflections on this moment in his life are so beautiful.

The teenie foodie said...

Congratulations! That sounds like a wonderful end to the year :-)

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, you don't know how much I adore artichokes... been looking for a good artichoke dip that's dairy free and I love that you've made it warm and added crunchy almond flakes. Cannot wait to make this for my lunch! Perfect post.

Teenie Foodie

Jessica Feely Photography said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! This is one of my favorite dips ever! I also wanted to ask you where you are located? I couldnt find anything in your "about me" section. Hope you have a WONDERFUL new year!!

Stefania said...

Happy New Year ♥
Moltissimi Auguri
per uno splendido 2011

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being so amazing and taking time to make our lives and food so much better!!!!

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you all so much! It's going to be an exciting year for our family.

I hope every one of you enjoys a healthy, inspired New Year. Let's make it delicious. :-)

xox Karina

Karina Allrich said...

Jessica- I have a Meet Karina page with info, linked at the top.

Cheers! xox Karina

Trista said...

Oh my gosh, I was about to read about your Mediterranian diet stuff when I saw the picture of this dip. (I'll still check it out hehe!) My husband and I got invited to a little Super Bowl gathering and for once, it falls on my weekend off of work. I was wondering what I could bring and I mean, who doesn't like artichoke dip? Yum! Thanks for sharing!

Kelly said...

Oh that sounds divine! Next time I make my dairy-free yogurt I'm going to make this. Can almost taste it now... :-)

Julie Ann said...

Do you think this would work with a dairy free, soy free yogurt? I am gluten free, dairy free and soy free. Thank you so much for your recipes and congratulations on your son's engagement.

Karina Allrich said...

Thank you, Everyone- I send all your good wishes right back to ya -- xox !

As for subbing ingredients -- as always, I cannot guarantee the subs will work. If you need to be soy-free I suggest finding a rich yogurt and mayo that is thick and flavorful. If you are using a thinnish product, the dip may turn out too watery.

If you can use Cashew Cream- try my recipe for that (you can find it in Appetizers).

xox Karina

greentaramama said...

we make a gluten free variety but with homemade egg/olive oil mayo, organic cream cheese(in place of the vegan sour cream), and real parmesan...with hemp seeds and walnuts on top, with greated parmesan on top of that.
we also use and entire bulb of garlic, and mix in an entire bunch of parsley, chopped :-)
super yummy with gluten free crackers & carrot and celery sticks.

Anonymous said...

I haven't had a chance to get on your site since the New Year... I love the recipe. Can't wait to make it!

Even more I love (and totally connect with) your post about your son. My son got engaged in August. The wedding will by 4th of July! We are so thrilled to see the man he has become and completely love the woman he is to marry! My biggest goal as a mother was to raise my son to be a wonderful husband. I truly feel that I have accomplished this goal! Happy New Year and Congratulation to your family!

Cindy said...

Oh, I miss the creamy goodness of a good artichoke dip. Thanks for posting a fabulous dairy-free version!

celine said...

ha! i was just -last night- mourning the loss of artichoke dip! thanks.
newly GF;DF;EF boo

Awkward Mom said...

This rocked my socks! So good! I doubled the recipe, used vegan sour cream, added spinach and left out the vegan parm. I served it to my husband's omnivore family and they thought it was good. There wasn't a single bite left. Thanks for another great recipe!

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