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Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

Loreto February 13, 2018

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Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip, taken from Lidia’s new cookbook “Celebrate like an Italian”. This dip has so many layers of flavor from the wonderful richness of goat cheese to the additions of marinated artichokes with that nice acidic bite. To top things off, a crispy topping of panko crumbs and grated Grana Padano making this dip absolutely delicious especially on a nice toasted slice of rustic bread! Perfect for a party and even as an appetizer for that special evening you have planned for Valentine’s day coming up!

Song of the day: “You Get What You Give” by The New Radicals.

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip is a plethora of texture and flavor all in one bite. The uniqueness of the fava bean swirled with goat cheese and cream cheese highlighted by those incredibly marinated Italian artichoke hearts, and all topped with golden baked panko and Grana will be a hit at any party you are planning. A perfect intimate and interactive appetizer self-served on toasted bread or crackers!

 

 

Goat cheese, what can I say. It is creamy, rich and has this lemony backdrop. When paired with other ingredients and baked it becomes this silent ‘schmoozer’, tantalizing our taste buds with its earthy decadence. This post comes at a time of loss, yet has so much meaning and memory that it makes it a dichotomy of emotion. You see, I lost my father a few weeks ago. He was an amazing man, strong, loyal, honest and humble. Most of all, he was an amazing cook. This recipe is dear to me not because of what it is, but because of who created it. You see, my dad was a huge fan of Lidia and he watched her cooking show faithfully for many years and up until his passing. He would get so excited to see what she would create and at times he would even go down memory lane as some of the recipes Lidia did took him back home to Italy where he was born and raised until he and my mother parted their homeland for a better opportunity in Canada way back in 1958. My father Americo would always be excited to try different recipes that he learned from Lidia and put his own twist on it, something I inherited from him myself. He was a confident cook and many were a family friend to enjoy the delights that he made.

Having done this recipe I can honestly say he would have loved it as he absolutely adored artichokes and we have a few recipes coming in the very near future and one of my dad’s favorite, stuffed steamed artichokes. I can tell you they are amazing and the flavor will have you lip smacking and finger licking. We miss you dad and I hope where you are you can still stay glued to the TV watching Lidia cook up a storm of incredible food that hopefully you can remake and serve to whomever you are with up there in heaven. So this one’s for you dad, I wish I could rooster call like you I would give you a mighty caw! Like my father, he was always working and a no-nonsense man, and when he was happy that mighty rooster came out, so in true Americo fashion here we go to creating this wonderfully rich and creamy Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip!

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

Look at the fava beans, they are quite broad and have this very starchy nutty flavor to them. I would describe them as well rounded and substantial. The amazing thing is how the fava bean is not lost amongst all the other ingredients, it just finds a way to your tongue. I used dried fava that I soaked overnight but you can use canned or even frozen just make sure you take them out of the pods first, then peel them. For frozen, just run them under water to thaw them, then from there it is exactly the same. The key to fava beans is to shuck them from the pods then peel the skin off them when they are done cooking in boiling water. It doesn’t take long, roughly a quick 5-minute blanch in boiling water. Other things to remember, take out the cream cheese and goat cheese. Room temperature is what we want the cheeses to be, it makes it so much easier to process in the food processor. For the artichoke, you could use the canned ones but I like what Lidia does, she used the ones in oil and a slight bit of vinegar and some incredible herbs. This mingles wonderfully with the cheeses to kick up the flavors just a few notches, well ok, some very lovely notches. I am usually licking the spoon I am using to get it out of the bowl and into the baking dish.

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

I love the freshnes and bite the scallion bring to the mix here, just another level of flavor for the tasting!

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

This dip takes no time at all just a quick few pulses of the goat cheese and cream cheese until nice and smooth, in goes some lemon zest and juice, then those marinated artichokes and scallions only to be pulsed very little, leaving some surprize texture and fun for your guests to experience. The finishing touch, some panko, and grated Grana Padano mix on top and this Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip is ready for that pre-heated 375 degrees F oven and be prepared for the lovely aroma that is going to start to tease you as you watch all that cheese bubble as the top turns a golden brown and those edges crisp up a bit with gooey melted cream and goat cheese escaping the rim.

I am flooded with memories of my father in the kitchen cooking away with passionate and confidence even when his illness was beating him down, he always summed up the strength to carry on and his food would shine with all that he was: loving, kind, funny, and proud. He loved cooking for people and enjoyed watching them enjoy themselves. I see his smile and a tear escapes my cheek. It is hard losing someone you love, someone who protected you and taught you so much but as they say, time heals all wounds, and this dip will surely do that too!

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

Oh my, that aroma of the melted cheese with those spiced up artichokes and familiarity of the green onion is amazing. I want to just dip my finger in but it is hot and I don’t want to burn myself. The bread has a nice crust and that airy middle which is going to house lovely morsels and creamy cavity full of deliciousness.

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

Look at all that texture and how that gooey creaminess call out to you for a bite, so scrumptious!

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

My first bite reveals that nice crispy crunch of the topping. The panko nutty and the Grana pungent, a perfect duo to lead us into the realm of luxuriousness. The goat and cheese play so beautifully with the fava creating this incredible starchy yet creamy and light experience and the scallions bringing in a spicy yet sweet element to the mix. I love the way the marinated artichoke just explodes on your tongue and has you scooping seconds and thirds until the bread is no more. Not to worry, crackers will be great too!

My dad Americo had this calmness about him. He was always true to himself, never needed to change for anyone, and things that made him happy were working and cooking. They say we have music inside of us and that is expressed in whatever we do, well my dad had his own song and Lidia helped make that music go on with this lovely Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip. From our kitchen to yours and as Lidia would always say and my father to repeat it with her when watching “Tutti a Tavola a Mangiare!” Thank you, Lidia, for your passion and wonderful heartfelt recipes!

Love you Dad and thank you for being you!

Song of the day: ” You Get What You Give” by The New Radicals.

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Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

4 from 1 reviews

  • Author: Loreto
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings
  • Category: Appetizers, Dips
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Fusion

Description

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke dip is a plethora of texture and flavor all in one bite. The uniqueness of the Fava bean swirled with goat cheese and cream cheese highlighted by those incredibly marinated Italian artichoke hearts, fresh scallions and all topped with golden baked panko and Grana Padano will be a hit at any party you are planning. A perfect intimate and interactive appetizer self-served on toasted bread or crackers!

Adapted from a recipe found on Lidia Bastianich’s new cookbook “Cook Like an Italian”.


Ingredients

  • 1-10 ounce log  goat cheese at room temperature
  • 1-8 ounce package cream cheese at room temperature
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup fresh fava beans, shelled, blanched, and peeled
  • 1 bunch scallion, both white and green parts, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Grana Padano
  • crackers or rustic bread slices for serving

Instructions

  1. When using fresh fava beans, after shelling from the pods, blanch for 5 minutes in boiling water, rinse in cold water and remove the skin from each bean.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. In a food processor combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, lemon zest, and juice, add a sprinkling of salt.
  4. Process until very smooth, scraping the sides of the processor bowl several times between pulses.
  5. Add the artichokes, favas, scallion, and pulse several times just to break them up a bit. You want the mixture to remain a bit chunky.
  6. Scrape the mixture into a 2 quart gratin or shallow baking dish, or sas I have done several smaller baking dishes.
  7. Sprinkle with panko and grated Grana Padano.
  8. Place on a baking sheet to catch any excess drips, and bake until top is nice and golden brown and the edges are bubbling up. Approx 25-30 minutes.
  9. Serve with nice toasted rustic bread slices or crackers.

Notes

  1. When fresh Fava beans cannot be found, frozen peeled Fava beans can be used just thaw them under running water
  2. This dip can be assembled ahead of time then baked when needed.
  3. It can be served warm, or at room temperature.

Goat Cheese Fava Artichoke Dip

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28 Comments

  • Reply Agness of Run Agness Run February 14, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Yummy! This is such an exceptional healthy dip idea, Loreto and Nicoletta! I love artichoke and this recipe is excellent for including it more into my diet!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 14, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Hey Agness glad we could help both Nicoletta and I absolutely love artichokes and coming real soon we have quite a few recipes featuring artichokes. They are in season in Italy and even though we feel we are both in separate parts of the world, we are enjoying the same things. Stay tuned!
      Have a wonderful day!
      Cheers!
      Loreto

  • Reply Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen February 14, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Oh wow – Lidia’s recipes are always so comforting and delicious, and this looks like no exception! My FIL is from Calabria, Italy, and absolutely looooves favas. I need to make this dish for him – looks fantastic!

  • Reply Margaret@Kitchen Frau February 14, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Loreto, your father sounds like the most amazing man. I love that he was such an inspiration to you with his adventurous cooking – a real rarity in men of that generation. And how wonderful that he passed that love and inquiring mind and creativity on to you. I know you will feel him and see him in so many delicious dishes in the future – he will be cooking right there beside you. This fava bean and artichoke dish sounds fantastic. I love both of those vegetables.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 16, 2018 at 6:59 am

      Hi Margaret, Thank you for those wonderful words and sentiments, touched me deeply. Yes I do feel him at times especially when I am my parents house his presence is strong there. I do miss him and it still feel strange that he is not with us anymore, but I am keeping the positive memories afloat and using those to create some of his favorite recipes!
      Have a wonderful weekend Margaret!
      Cheers!
      loreto

  • Reply Nita February 15, 2018 at 11:03 am

    This dip looks absolutely scrumptious!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      Thank you Nita, It was so so good and it lasts a few days so if you think you are not going to use it all right away just bake what you need and you can have it again the next day fresh baked without double warming it up as that tends to kill the flavor.
      have a great rest of the week!
      Cheers!
      loreto

  • Reply Carrie Clean Eating Kitchen February 17, 2018 at 6:49 am

    So sorry for your loss, what a lovely way to remember your Dad! This dip sounds so tasty, love all the flavours in it!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 18, 2018 at 8:27 am

      Thank you Carrie, my Dad was so much about fresh food, and I have so many recipes I will share with you soon. This dip was so so good and that combination of Fava and Artichoke, along with that cheese just made my world happier especially wth that rustic bread. Can’t you just hear the knife cutting through that crunchy crust, yum!
      Have a great weekend!
      Cheers!
      Loreto

  • Reply cheddarben February 17, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I am sorry your dad passed away. That really sucks. It truly is amazing how food can sometimes bring out the strongest memories of our loved ones. I suppose food is such an essential part of our existence and sharing experiences around food becomes an inevitable touch point for our past. I think that connection is such a wonderful part of cooking, food, and meal time. Not only do we put our twists on a food item, but a part of us is celebrating the heritage and knowledge that was imparted on us by the people we love.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 18, 2018 at 8:31 am

      Hi Ben, well put, that is it exactly, food is an amazing thing and does bring people and memories to life. It does suck about my father but he is not suffering anymore and he would not want everyone sulking and dragging their feet, he was a man of action and he would say the show must go on!
      Thanks for you very wise words, and have a most wonderful weekend!
      Ciao Loreto

  • Reply Char Ferrara February 17, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Oh wow, this sounds like such a fantastic combination of flavors! I love that this is baked – brings out the flavors even more!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 18, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Hi Char so true, getting all those cheeses aand puree mingling forming a nice crispy edge crust with a gooey center, what’s not to love about that!
      Thank you for commenting and a happy cooking day to you!
      Cheers!
      Loreto

  • Reply alifeofhappenstance February 17, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    What a lovely dip. I’m looking forward to trying it!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 18, 2018 at 8:42 am

      I hope you get to try this it is truly amazing and so so flavorful, I love Lidia’s show and her food is always scrumptious!
      Thank you
      Cheers!
      Loreto

  • Reply Katie Crenshaw | A Fork's Tale February 18, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Oh yummmm…. what a delicious combinations!! I love a great dip.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 18, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Hi Katie, Me too I love a great dip especially with a good bread and all the cheesy goodness, yum! Definately will make this one again!
      Have a great day and thank you for commenting!
      Ciao for now!
      Loreto

  • Reply Amanda Mason February 18, 2018 at 11:57 am

    This looks ridiculously delish! Goat cheese is my absolute FAVORITE and I love that you added artichoke hearts! YUM!! Saving this little gem for a future get together! What a perfect appetizer!!

  • Reply Anne Murphy February 18, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    My sympathy on your loss… And the next time I see fresh fava beans in the market, I know what to do with them! That combination of flavors sounds just perfect.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 19, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Thank you Anne, much appreciated. Yes alot of people don’t know fava beans. This past summer we were in the southern heel part of Italy known as Puglia and Fava beans are a staple there and the recipes simple delicious and amazing! I am glad we have inspired you to use them!
      Have a wonderful week and enjoy the Fvav revolution!
      Cheers!
      Loreto

  • Reply Paige February 18, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this …thanks for sharing and thanks for a great sounding recipe!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 19, 2018 at 11:15 am

      Thank you Paige, always a pleasure to share exxperiences and good recipes!
      Happy Cooking!
      Loreto

  • Reply Britt @ A Lil' Sweet, Spice, & Advice February 18, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    My condolences for the loss of your father. This dip looks like a WINNER! I know this won’t last long at parties. Adding it to my repertoire!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Hi Britt, I think people love these kinds of dip, warm cheesy luxurious meets amazing flavor, so good and so popular. I know in our home it goes fast! Love to hear the outcome of this being served at one of your parties!
      Thanks aa bunch for commenting and haave a great day!
      Cheers!
      loreto

  • Reply Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life February 18, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    So very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing! But how wonderful that he’s able to live on through these recipes that the two of you shared.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 19, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Thank you Claire, yes that is the beauty of family recipes they go on and on and on and keep us linked to where we came from. As they say we don’t know where we are going unless we know where we came from and sometimes especially these times it is a good thing!
      Thanks so much for your condolences and comment, much appreciated from here and beyond!
      Cheers!
      Loreto

  • Reply Debbye February 19, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Love anything with artichokes and this looks fantastic. Pinning for later use. Thanks.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto February 20, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you Debbye, I think you are going to love it. I love the way the top crisps up and then you break through that and there is this gooey cheesy center that you spread on a nice toasted piece of rustic bread.
      Happy cooking!
      loreto

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