I am a huge fan of appetizers, especially hot ones. I have shared a ton of appetizer recipes here on my blog and have a board dedicated to appetizers on Pinterest. Anytime I find a recipe I can’t wait to try, I demand a family get together so I can make it. Over the weekend, I shared a picture of a copycat recipe I made for Slater’s 50/50 Vampire Dip that my pregnant sister-in-law asked me to make for her.
Slater’s offered me a job, which I’d happily take, and others on Instagram, Facebook, and at school chatting with moms asked for the recipe. So I thought I’d share!
Copycat Recipe For Slater’s 50/50 Vampire Dip
This Vampire Dip recipe is super simple to make, and absolutely delicious. It’s basically a classic artichoke dip recipe with a twist. Why’s it called Vampire Dip? Well, there’s 9 (or more!) cloves of garlic in it…it’s definitely NOT an appetizer you want to make for date night!
- 9 cloves garlic, minced (use more or less to suit your taste)
- Salt, to taste
- 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 4 ounces mayonnaise
- 14 ounces artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Sprinkle a pinch of salt onto the minced garlic, and mash with a fork to get make it smoother. It doesn't have to be perfect, but make sure you get any big chunks.
- In a large bowl, combine garlic, half of the shredded cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, artichokes, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
- Spread into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbly on top.
Serve with tortilla chips, French bread, pita wedges or chips, or any veggies you love!
The dip was absolutely delicious as is. My siblings also gave me some suggestions for improvements to kick it up a notch. The most popular suggestions were more artichokes (or chunkier pieces of it), adding roasted garlic, jalapeño, Italian sausage, spinach, and/or more raw garlic!
If you love garlic as much as I do, you won’t want to miss my recipe for Garlic Bread, made with fresh garlic and basil. It’s delicious, but not date night friendly! As a matter of fact, you could cut this bread into pieces and dip it into the Vampire Dip. YUM!
I have lots of copycat recipes on my blog and on one of my favorite Pinterest boards!