Because I like to put chipotle in just about everything. Just throw a couple cans of chipotles in adobo into the blender or food processor, stems, seeds, and all, and keep it in an old jar in the fridge. Ours lives in an old tahini jar, and gets used a lot (corn chowder, aioli, alfredo, you name it). It never seems to go bad.
The other magic ingredient is the smoked paprika. Life has not been the same since I discovered this stuff. It has an intense red color and a wonderful smoky flavor. If you don’t have this and don’t want to shell out the dough for a new spice, just omit it rather than subbing regular old paprika. However, I would suggest not going through life without a little smoked paprika in it at some point.
Tiny Le Creuset artichoke casserole not required!
CHIPOTLE ARTICHOKE DIP
8 ounces light cream cheese
1 cup light mayo
1 cup shredded parmesan, plus more for garnish
pureed chipotle in adobo to taste
generous sprinklings of smoked paprika
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
one bunch green onions, chopped (white and light green parts)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Soften the cream cheese in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Add the mayo and 1 cup of parmesan and combine. Add about a teaspoon of chipotle at a time until you get your desired heat level. The last time I made this it ended up being about a tablespoon and a half for a little heat and a lot of flavor. Add several shakes of smoked paprika. You can go crazy with it if you want.
Next fold in the artichoke hearts, chilies, and half the green onion. Spread into your favorite casserole or baking dish. Sprinkle the top with more smoked paprika. Layer the remaining green onions and anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup more parmesan on top. Then, you guessed it, sprinkle another dusting of smoked paprika on top.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top looks golden and crusty and gooey. Then invite some friends over or take it to a party, because otherwise you will not be able to stop yourself from eating the entire thing. This recipe laughs in the face of your will power.