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White Bean and Artichoke Dip with Homemade Whole Wheat Tortilla Chips

You’ll love this healthier artichoke dip with white beans and homemade whole wheat tortilla chips. I use low-carb tortillas to make this a more carb-conscious choice!

White Bean and Artichoke Dip Recipe with Homemade Whole Wheat Tortilla Chips found on KalynsKitchen.com

(Update 2009: Kalyn’s Kitchen was part of Holiday 2009 at Oprah.com, and this is one of the recipes that was featured there. Now the recipes are no longer on the site at Oprah.com, but it was fun to have a little moment with Oprah!)

It’s one week into December, and we’re now officially into the season of festive food. Often holiday food is loaded with a lot of fat, sugar, of empty carbs that many people would really like to avoid. I don’t believe in being a diet Nazi, and there’s no doubt this month I’ll eat plenty of things that I’d avoid other times of the year. Still, if I’m taking a dish to a holiday party and I can make something that’s interesting, tasty, and still manages to be low-glycemic and diet friendly, then I’ll be a happy woman. This recipe is my type of festive food, and again this year the wonderful Anna from Morsels and Musings is hosting a Festive Food Fair for bloggers to share special recipes, so this is my contribution. Check back at Morsels and Musings on December 14 to see the whole collection of festive foods.

I discovered this dip recipe in a cookbook I just got called Cooking New American. The book is over ten years old but it’s published by Fine Cooking Magazine, and I’m finding a lot of good recipes there. All I had to see was “white bean and artichoke dip” and this recipe definitely got my attention. As usual with the recipes I find from Fine Cooking, I loved how this turned out. Not only that, I think it would be great fun for a party, since everyone will think it’s hummus, and when they take a bit their taste buds will scream, “Hey, what is that taste!”

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I used whole wheat low-carb flour tortillas to make the tortilla chips, which made this already low-glycemic recipe even better for someone who’s following any carb-conscious eating plan.  You could also use low-carb pita bread, or even use regular tortilla chips or pita bread if you’re not worried about the carbs.

White Bean and Artichoke Dip Recipe with Homemade Whole Wheat Tortilla Chips found on KalynsKitchen.com

White Bean and Artichoke Dip with Whole Wheat Tortilla Chips
(Makes about 2 cups of dip, recipe from Cooking New American.)

Tortilla Chips Ingredients:
6-8 whole wheat low-carb flour tortillas (can also use low-carb pita bread)
olive oil for brushing on tortillas (I used a mister)
salt for sprinkling on tortillas (I used Vege-Sal)

Dip Ingredients:
1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts (I used artichoke bottoms which have hearts only, no leaves)
1 small clove garlic, chopped (about one tsp. chopped garlic)
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 T extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling on top
3 T freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary (I used frozen rosemary, if you only have dried rosemary be sure it’s completely crushed)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
sweet paprika, for garnish

Preheat broiler and get out a large cookie sheet for toasting tortilla chips. Brush or spray each flour tortilla with olive oil, then cut into triangles. Arrange in single layer on cookie sheet and toast under the broiler, about 3-4 minutes per side. Watch them carefully, because they get too dark rather quickly. Chips will seem soft when you take them out of the oven, but they harden and crisp as they cool.Drain beans into colander and rinse well, until no foam remains. Let drain at least 5 minutes. Drain artichokes. In food processor, combine beans, artichokes, garlic, and lemon juice and blend until fairly smooth. Keep food processor motor running and add the olive oil in a stream. Add Parmesan, and finely chopped fresh rosemary and pulse about 10 times to blend. Season dip to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper.

Place dip in a serving bowl, sprinkle with a small amount of paprika and drizzle over a small amount of olive. Arrange tortilla chips around bowl and serve.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This dip with served with low-carb tortilla chips (or low-carb pita bread) is a good choice for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet and other low-glycemic eating plans, but too high in carbs for a traditional low-carb diet.

More Tasty and Festive Dips with Beans:
Slow Roasted Tomato Hummus from Kalyn’s Kitchen
White Bean Dip and Baked Wonton Chips from The Unemployed Cook
Roasted Garlic, Artichoke, and White Bean Spread from Gluten-Free Bay
Hummus Dilettante from Desert Candy
Hummus from Simply Recipes
Green Onion Hummus from Je Mange la Ville

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27 comments on “White Bean and Artichoke Dip with Homemade Whole Wheat Tortilla Chips”

  1. Annie, glad to hear it worked for you!

  2. I saw this recipe and it sounded sooooo good that I had to try it with ingredients I had on hand. I used butter beans, hearts from steamed fresh artichokes, and lime juice. I didn't have the rosemary or parmesan, so I omitted those. I didn't have tortillas or pitas, so I just had it with whole wheat toast. It was still fabulous! Next time I'll plan ahead to make it with everything else, but for now thanks for a good basic recipe that can be done in a variety of ways!

  3. Haven’t tried serving it with chickpea bread, but it would be a great idea. If anyone has a good recipe for Chickpea bread I’d love to have it. I’ve made Farinata, but it was more like a cracker than a bread.

  4. Do you ever serve this dip with chickpea bread?

  5. Fabulous and easily made, too. I used canned artichoke quarters, well-drained, because I had them in the cupboard.
    This was a big hit at a Christmas Eve appetizer party.
    Thanks for posting the recipe and inspiring me!

  6. Well, I love artichoke dip, and I love bean dip, so this has to be great. Another wonderful recipe, Kalyn!

  7. That combination of flavours sounds amazing – the perfect thing to serve people with drinks while you put the finishing touches to the meal. And I love the DIY tortilla chips! (although my personal weakness is the flaxseed tortila chips from Trader Joe’s…)

  8. I just bought a can of artichoke hearts and was wondering what to do with it: here’s the answer!

  9. I’ve been craving something like this, Kalyn.

  10. I love the white bean and archichoke combination…looks great!

  11. What a great combination. Sometimes white bean dips on their own can be a bit dull. I love the incorporation of the artichokes. I might even sprinkle some paprika on it. Would be great with tortilla chips made from corn tortillas.

  12. Great recipe Kalyn. I’ll make this when the crowds come for Christmas.

  13. I love this recipe — it combines two wonderful dips (white bean and artichoke) into one! So clever.

  14. Artichoks and beans- what’s not to love? This sounds like a great and healthy game day snack!

  15. Thanks Kel! I’m trying to ignore this birthday since next year is a biggie!

  16. kalyn, happy birthday!!!

  17. So glad everyone likes the sound of this, I loved it! And I do think it would be great fun to watch people as they eat it and try to figure out what it is, aren’t I devious.

    David, you are definitely a good accompaniment, not a dip!

  18. Yummm. This sounds really delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  19. I have to say, this sounds wonderful. Thanks.

  20. Thanks for the great recipe. I can’t wait to try this one. I have a few parties coming up and this will be perfect!

  21. This sounds really good!

  22. Wonderful! Always in the market for the low fat dips!! And I’m always happy for beans.

  23. I love whole wheat tortillas! Does that make me a good accompaniment, or a dip, too?

  24. Kalyn, thanks for this recipe! It looks fabulous. I have been making a lot of hummus lately, and this will be a nice change-up, especially for my vegan son to enjoy when he comes home to visit.

    warm regards;

  25. Yum Kalyn. This sounds absolutely delicious and very simple to make. My husband can’t bear the sight of white beans but this is a good way to disguise them… ha ha!

  26. A wonderful combination of artichokes and beans. Who said dips are only for summer?

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