Is anyone excited for the Oscars this weekend?
I am, but I’m definitely not at my usual excitement level. I don’t know if it’s because of the distraction of being due to give birth in 8 days (!!!) or if it’s because I haven’t seen as many of the nominated films as I normally do at this point.
I loved loved loved “A Star Is Born.” Dan and I got to see it in the theaters, and I’ve been pretty much obsessed for the past few months. The soundtrack is on repeat all the time. Just this past weekend, we watched “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and we loved that one too. I love Queen, so it definitely resonated with me. Oh, and “BlacKkKlansman” was so good too – I can’t believe that it’s based on a true story.
“Green Book” has been on my list for months now, but it doesn’t look like seeing it is going to happen before Sunday. Anything with Mahershala Ali has me sold. I LOVE HIM. And Viggo Mortenson is a longtime fave. I’ve heard the movie is amazing, and it just looks like such a good story. It’s definitely on my must-watch list.
For some reason, though, I’m not as “into” the show as I usually am. Dan and I have even started a fun tradition the past few years where we take the Monday after the Oscars off from work. Mainly so we can stay up super late to watch the show, while drinking cocktails and eating lots of fun snacks.
But this year? Well. We could have a new baby by Sunday. Shrug. It’s basically a waiting game at this point. I’ve been so preoccupied with that, along with trying to soak up as much time with Kieran as possible before he’s no longer my only child (cue all the hormonal, irrational tears), that lesser things like awards shows have fallen by the wayside this year. I guess it’s understandable, right?
Regardless, I’m coming at you this week with some fun snack ideas!
These caramelized onion and artichoke dip crostini are first up. These are so fun and SO delicious, and can be served as crostini or as a dip! Whatever you fancy.
I am a huge fan of spinach artichoke dip. Dan, however, is not. So, I rarely eat it. It’s not exactly something I want to make and then consume all by my lonesome. Dan IS a huge fan of anything with caramelized onions, though.
So this is my take on a classic dip idea but with some ingredient swaps. The spinach is gone and replaced with sweet, caramelized onions. I use my favorite creamy ingredients and spice up some frozen artichoke hearts with some easy seasonings. It all gets whipped up in the food processor until creamy and cheesy and delightful.
You can bake it off as a dip or spread it on slices of baguette and toast them in the oven for the most delicious cheesy toasty bite. I tested it both ways and while I don’t have a favorite, I do like the idea of crostini for an Oscar-viewing party. It feels more fancy! Plus, it makes holding that champagne flute in the other hand a lot easier.
So that’s what we have here!
They are the perfect little bite and would go swimmingly with a glass of bubbly. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be able to indulge in one of those come Sunday.
Caramelized Onion & Artichoke Dip Crostini
- Yield: makes 20-25 crostini 1x
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (9-oz) bag frozen artichoke hearts, defrosted
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (I like 2%)
- ½ cup mayo
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 baguette, thinly sliced
- Additional olive oil, for the bread
- Chopped parsley, for garnish
- Heat a large skillet over medium and add the olive oil.
- Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook for 5 minutes or until the onions start to soften.
- Reduce the heat to low and add in the garlic. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or until the onions are caramelized and very soft.
- Add the defrosted artichoke hearts to the pan along with the red pepper flakes and another pinch of salt and cook for another 5-7 minutes or until the artichokes are tender.
- Place the onion and artichoke mixture into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until mostly broken down (or to your desired texture).
- Add the cream cheese, yogurt, and mayo to the processor and pulse a few times to incorporate. Add the cheeses and pulse again.
- Taste the mixture and season with salt and pepper, as needed.
- Preheat the broiler in your oven.
- Spread a dollop of the mixture onto each baguette slice and place on a baking sheet. Broil the crostini for 1-2 minutes or until the topping is melted, gooey, and lightly browned in spots. Watch them carefully because this happens fast!
- Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with chopped parsley.
To serve as a dip:
- Place the onion-artichoke mixture in a 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 350°F oven or until bubbly and golden brown on top. Serve warm, garnished with chopped parsley, with desired dippers.
- The crostini topping can be made completely ahead and stored in the fridge. I recommend assembling and broiling just before you are ready to serve.
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