This fall I had my first experience with creamed kale. It was amazing. And life changing. I’ve always been a big fan of kale (raw, cooked, as a chip, etc.) but this took it to a whole new level.

Since my first bite, I’ve wanted to add some artichokes to it, bake it until bubbly and slather it on some good bread. (Or vegetables if I must)!

I’m not sure what I’ve been waiting for, but finally, I decided to just do the damn thing.

Please remind me to never wait so long ever, ever again.

It was just as delicious I had hoped and now I want to eat it every single day.

Please remind me not to.

I tried to lighten it up a bit and leave out the shredded cheese, but it just isn’t the same, so I don’t really recommend it. :)

Kale & Artichoke Dip

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 45 min


Ingredients (8 appetizer servings)

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/4 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 8.5 oz can artichokes, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (like mozzarella, monterey jack, etc.)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Clean kale, remove stems and roughly chop.

Combine onion, garlic and 2 cups water in large pot.

Bring to a boil and boil until 2 minutes.

Add kale to pot.

Cook, stirring frequently for about 3-5 minutes.

Remove kale from water and squeeze all water from kale. VERY IMPORTANT!

Combine parmesan cheese, cottage cheese, mayonnaise and creamed cheese in food processor, process until smooth.

Add kale and pulse until combined.

Stir in artichoke hearts and 3/4 cup shredded cheese.

Put mixture into baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake until golden brown, about 30-35 minutes.

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15 Comments (Reply )

  1. Aggie
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    This sounds amazing! Love the switch to kale. Must try. (btw, love your nailpolish :) )


  2. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    Um, Brilliant!!! I’ve never thought of subbing out spinach for kale in this dip. Am making this soon!


  3. Anna Johnson
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    So you are saying this will probably be a hit for a party I’m having next month? I will have to make this, thanks for the recipe!


  4. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    I love this idea! Never thought to use kale…but why not? Great photos!


  5. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    That looks incredible! There is nothing quite like a hot, cheesy dip. And leaving out the cheese really isn’t an option, no. :)


    • Emily
      Mar 19, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

      I know, what was I thinking?!


  6. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    This looks so yummy! I adore spinach artichoke dip, so why not kale instead? Sounds perfect!


  7. sophia
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Anything that is hot and cheesy = GOOD. I tried something like this with spring greens (chards and collards and stuff) and it was just…orgasmic.


  8. Jenn (eating bender)
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    This looks amazing! As a fan of spinach and artichoke dip, it never even occurred to me to try it with kale. Can’t wait!


  9. Baking Serendipity
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    I’ve never made a creamed kale before, but it looks amazing in this dip!


  10. stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    This looks delicious! A warm, creamy dip andddd added nutrition from some veggies, total win!


  11. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    wow! this sounds fantastic :)


  12. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    Amazing photos and what an ingenious idea!


  13. amy mcginnis
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness! I just loved the kale twist on this party classic – and enjoyed knowing it was a wee bit healthier with the cottage cheese blend. Thanks for sharing the recipe with all of us on the interwebs! Hands down the favorite appetizer of the evening. Yum!


  14. Lori
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    This is great! A new idea for kale! I still haven’t made creamed kale, but I think I’ll start with this.


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