Baked Artichoke and Cannellini Bean Dip

Here we go again … it’s Secret Recipe Club time!

Faithful readers of Rhubarb and Honey know that I’ve been participating in The Secret Recipe Club for awhile now. The idea of The Secret Recipe Club is similar to other blog exchanges in that each participating blogger is assigned another participating blog to make a recipe from, but the twist with The Secret Recipe Club is that you can’t tell anyone whose blog you have—shhhh, it’s a secret!—until you finally post about the blog you were assigned and the recipe you chose.

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So, what fabulous food blog did I get to visit and cook from? This month I was assigned My Italian Grandmother, a lovely blog written by Michele, a twenty-something who was born and raised in Brooklyn and now lives in Northern New Jersey.

Michele started her food blog as a tribute to her Italian grandmother, Emilia, who lived with Michele and her family until she passed away at the amazing age of 98. Since Michele’s grandmother didn’t write any of her recipes down (and she never measured, which is something my grandmother is wuilty of as well), all of the recipes on Michele’s blog are her interpretations created from memory … and I think she’s doing a fabulous job!

There were a number of Michele’s recipes I wanted to try (including Chicken Angelo, Eggs in Purgatory, and her recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Mini Muffins), but I eventually settled on her recipe for Artichoke and Cannellini Bean Crostini. Michele adapted this recipe from “celebrity chef” Giada De Laurentiis, and I, in turn, have adapted it from Michele to create my recipe for Baked Artichoke and White Bean Dip.

The holidays offer so many opportunities to gather with family and friends, and these gatherings usually involve lots of food. I’ve always associated hot (ie, baked in the oven) dips with holiday gatherings and when I saw Michele’s recipe, I thought it could possibly be turned into a hot dip for an upcoming holiday party … and lucky for me, it worked!

Light, creamy, salty, and brightened by a hint of citrus, this dip is a delicious spread perfect for dipping crostini, bagel chips, pita chips, or any other hearty dip-carrying-vehicle into … and it would make a fabulous appetizer for any of your upcoming holiday gatherings too!

Baked Artichoke and Cannellini Bean Dip


  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Puree white beans and garlic in food processor. In a small bowl, combine the bean mixture with the cheese, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper; stir thoroughly. Add in chopped artichokes and stir to combine.

3. Spoon the artichoke and bean mixture into a 1-quart glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and brown.


To learn more you about The Secret Recipe Club or to join in (you do have to have a blog with a decent number of recipes for others to choose from), click here to read about it and sign up!

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  • Chris

    ooh!  I love the idea of using cannellini beans with artichoke.  I can’t wait to try this!  And, it looks like a recipe that can be made the night before, if stored in an airtight container.  :)  Thanks! 

  • Chris

    ooh! I love the idea of using cannellini beans with artichoke. I can’t wait to try this! And, it looks like a recipe that can be made the night before, if stored in an airtight container. :) Thanks!     

  • Eliotseats

    We had a family holiday party last night and I wish I had had this recipe to take and share.  Great SRC post.

  • Jayasri

    That sounds delicious, I have never had artichoke, this seems interesting, thanks for doing this for SRC, i will have one more in my BM’s to do list :). lovely clicks too…

  • Jayasri

    Sorry, forgot to write, Happy Christmas and holidays….

  • Michele Brigante

    Thank you so much for all your nice comments about my blog.  You did such a great job and your interpretation of the recipe is way better than the original!  It looks fantastic! 

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    I love that this is a lightened up version of a great artichoke dip! Usually disps are so creamy, and although delicious, it’s nice to see some lighter versions :) Great pick for SRC!

  • heidi x

    Great post – I love dips and would like to try this one.

  • Anonymous

    Great recipe choice! it looks really really good! 

  • Rhonda

    I love baked artichoke dip, I have never thought of adding beans for the creaminess.  What a great way to get a little good stuff inside of a dip.

  • Vgantley

    Yummy looking dip. You got a great blog and picked a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • Authenticsuburbangourmet

    What an absolute perfect dip for the holidays.  This is on my list and I have pinned it.  Glad to be part of SRC – group C with you!  Happy Holidays!!

  • Anne@Frommysweetheart

    Kimberly….what a beautiful job you did on this dip!  I am such a fan of artichokes AND cannellini beans!  And I just love Michele’s blog!  I can’t wait to get assigned to her.  The music alone just makes me smile!  Great job!  : )

  • Gerry @Foodness Gracious

    Great dip especially for this time of year, I could dip all night with this!
    Take care…

  • cindy

    Delicious, so many wonderful flavors. 

  • kitchenriffs

    Great combination of flavors – it sounds wonderful.  Great dip for all the festivities this time of the year.  And it’s easy to make!  Thanks for this.

  • Nate Armstrong

    The Secret Recipe club sounds like a lot of fun! 
    I’m not a huge fan of artichokes but this looks very appetizing! Nice job and good choice! Now I’m going to check out Michele’s Cinnamon Sugar mini muffins.. 

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