Artichoke Dip Zucchini Bites are a quick and easy appetizer to serve at your next party. A lightened up and lower carb alternative to the traditional dip, but with the same familiar flavor!
Do you ever have an idea for a recipe or see one in a cookbook or magazine, get all excited to make it and then discover that it’s actually a total pain in the ass to make? Well, that’s exactly what happened on my first attempt at these Artichoke Dip Zucchini Bites.
You see they were actually supposed to be pinwheels all rolled up and pretty. Yeah, there was nothing pretty about them. The idea was to slice the zucchini into very thin planks with a knife or mandoline. Since my mandoline sucks and I know a lot of people don’t have one, I went with the knife method.
I ended up either slicing them too thin and they fell apart or too thick and I couldn’t roll them because they weren’t pliable enough. After spending 15 minutes and only producing five pinwheels that looked like a four year old made them, I scraped the whole plan.
On to plan B. Cut the zucchini into rounds like a sane person and dollop the artichoke dip on top of them. Yep, this was much easier and still tasted just as good. Sure it might be simplistic, but do you really want to be fighting with rolling up zucchini right before guests arrive? I’d rather sit down and enjoy a glass of wine.
The zucchini is a great substitute for crackers or bread in case you have any gluten-free, low carb or veggie loving guests. If zucchini isn’t your thing you can always sub it with a cucumber instead.
The artichoke dip is lightened up so in case you’re like me and incapable of only eating a couple, you don’t have to feel too bad about it. Low-fat cream cheese and plain Greek yogurt are the base for the dip. It’s then flavored with lemon zest and juice, granulated garlic and onion and of course artichokes.
The Artichoke Dip Zucchini Bites are best assembled right before serving so that the zucchini stays crisp. The dip can be made a day in advance if needed and since you won’t be rolling any pinwheels, assembling should only take 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!
More Easy Appetizers
- 2 zucchini, sliced approximately 1/2 inch thick
- 4 ounces low fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1/2 cup finely chopped canned artichoke hearts, drained and patted dry
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Chopped chives for garnish (optional)
- In a bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients minus the zucchini until combined. Taste for seasoning.
- Dollop approximately 1 teaspoon of the artichoke dip onto each zucchini round. Arrange on a serving platter and serve immediately.
The dip can be made a day ahead of time, but wait until just before serving to assemble the bites to ensure that the zucchini stays crisp.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 38Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g