Cheesy Baked Asparagus Dip

Serve this Cheesy Baked Asparagus Dip with white corn tortilla chips, fluffy pita bread, zucchini rounds, and your favorite assortment of crackers. It’s flavorful and so flipping tasty!

Cheesy Baked Asparagus Dip

Sometimes you go on an asparagus-buying spree, only to realize you already have a pile of the stuff at home.

In your fridge.

Judging you.

Oh yes, vegetables can be terribly judgmental. Especially when you bypass the broccoli for some center-cut bacon. Don’t think for a moment that it’s not staring you down. Every wonder why broccoli and cauliflower sometimes make you gassy? It’s called vengeance.

But don’t quote me on that.

Cheesy Baked Asparagus Dip

Hookay so asparagus dip – I know!  It sounds a bit out of the ordinary, but don’t run for the door!

I’ve been making this dip for years and have been DYING to post it on P&C forever now.

It’s ridiculously good!  It’s also cursed. Every freaking time I make this dip the clouds come out, resulting in overcast lighting and dull photos.  You’d think after making it 100+ times I’d catch a break?  Nope!  My photo insecurity has kept me from posting it for long enough, so I’m throwing caution to the wind and posting my crappy photos so I can finally share this dip with you.

But if you ever come to visit you’ll need to dive in and eat fast…. otherwise I’ll have inhaled the entire bowl before you can even contemplate the social ramifications of double-dipping.

serving suggestions for asparagus dip

Serve alongside white corn tortilla chips, fluffy pita bread, zucchini rounds, and even some blanched and chilled asparagus spears.

Yes, you read that right!  Though it borderline feels vaguely like veggie-cannibalism, dipping asparagus IN asparagus dip is a little slice of awesome. Though zucchini fares quite well if you’re uncomfortable with the controversy of the ordeal!

There’s a reason I’ve been making this dip for years — I LOVE it!  The texture of  is super similar to a fluffy cheese souffle [um, YUM!] and the taste?  It’s like hot, bubbly spinach and artichoke dip.  Plus asparagus is in season, so grab a stalk or two of these delicious spears and get cooking!

If for some reason you’re lucky enough to wind up with a little lefotver dip, promise me you’ll try this recipe for asparagus flatbread pizza:

It’s heavenly.

If you get a chance to try this Cheesy Baked Asparagus Dip, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation.

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Cheesy Baked Asparagus Dip

Serve this Cheesy Baked Asparagus Dip with white corn tortilla chips, fluffy pita bread, zucchini rounds, and your favorite assortment of crackers. It's flavorful and so flipping tasty!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Asparagus Dip
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 heaping cup of pureed asparagus (about 25 thin stalks with ends trimmed off)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder or dried onion
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp parsley, dried or fresh

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 F.
  2. Trim the ends of your asparagus and blanch in a thin layer of boiling water for about a minute or so, just long enough to turn the stalks bright green and tender. Immediately plunge the spears in an ice bath or rinse with super cold water to halt the cooking process and then strain.
  3. Add them to the food processor and pulse to puree. You'll want one heaping cup of gorgeous green puree. Add smashed garlic, spices, and cheeses to the processor and pulse to whip ingredients together. Taste and adjust spices to taste.
  4. Move mixture to a baking dish and top with a little extra grated cheese and a thin layer of panko bread crumbs.
  5. Top with a barely there drizzle of olive oil and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
  6. Dive in with crunchy tortilla chips and your favorite dippers!

Recipe Notes

Looking for a fun topping for your dip? Top with an extra sprinkle of parmesan cheese, chopped artichoke hearts, and/or toasted panko breadcrumbs.

Since I’m cooking for one here, I blanch/cook the entire bunch of asparagus, use half for the dip and then use the remainder for salads, quiches, pasta dishes, and sushi.  Or sometimes I just eat it chilled, straight up.  It’s one of my favorite snacks to nibble on while I’m cooking.  So whether you’re making the dip in the snack-sized portion above or doubling the recipe, cook the whole batch of asparagus regardless.  Its good for you.  And yummy.

hungry for more?

If you get a chance to try this Cheesy Baked Asparagus Dip, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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  • Menden @ My Goal Called Life


    YUMMY!  I just so happen to have a big bunch of asparagus in my fridge that I need to do something with…and I just so happen to have all those other ingredients, too!  Can’t wait to make this 🙂

  • corey melke

    Are you trying to make me jealous and mad on my birthday???? You know we don’t get asparagus here….you are evil Jenn… if I had peas…I would throw them at you!   (no…i would eat them…i would throw chips at you)  lol  Hope you are AWESOME!!!!!

  • DB-The Foodie Stuntman

    Nice summer snack, and congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  • Slimpickinskitchen

    Yum! That looks tasty! 

  • Jennifer Cote

    A way to change up the ole artichoke dip, eh, Jenn? And whoo-hoo- congrats on making the Foodbuzz Top Nine 😀
    Hadn’t thought of doing this, but what a great idea. Thanks for posting.
    Blessings!

  • eeee thanks name-twin! <3 haha totally make it sometime! I’m beyond addicted

  • Thanks CJ!!!!! =) Happy Wednesday!

  • CJ at Food Stories

     

    Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!

  • Veggie vengeance?  Veggie cannibalism?  You are CRACKING me up girlie! I love it!! Just like I love the idea of this dip…especially if it taste like a cheese souffle! Hello!

    And I totally know what you mean about the photo insecurity…sometimes I know the lighting will be terrible so I don’t even attempt trying a recipe. But hopefully this weekend will be nice because I’m totally taking some of your advice and FINALLY getting my granola on! 🙂

  • Asparagus is on my list of lesser loved veggies, but I am willing to look past that for that amazing looking dip. 

    And totally relate on the veggie judgement. Evil eyes. Scary. Haha.

  • I think it’d be good with some pretzel thins.

  • Kim Cashin

    Yum!  I love asparagus and who doesn’t love dip?!  🙂  Will be making this soon.

  • Oh delicious! This looks amazing. I could eat asparagus every single day. Having it in dip form would be like heaven. I would be able to justify it twice a day. 

  • Liziheartvegetables

    Y-Y-Yum!!!! I love asparagus so I’m sure I’d love this dip!!!

  • Just wanted to let you know that I’m able to post now. 😉  I don’t know what was up before … and I have no idea what browser I use haha … geez, for a blogger, I’m not very good with technology!! 😉  Have a great day, Jenn!

  • Thank you so so so much Sabrina! =)

  • Sabrina Jackson

    First, your pictures look great! You made your dip look delicious and that’s all you really need to worry about. 

    Second, I already said this but this looks delicious! I love asparagus so this something I must make! 

    Great job on the dip and pictures!

  • RavieNomnoms

    This looks sooo good! 

  • Thanks girly! Yes deeeeef make it!!! I’m a tad obsessed

  • OM NOM! I need to make this dip this weekend when I have friends over! It’s so easy to eat garbage when friends are over, but I think making homemade snackies like dip and stuff will be perfect!

  • Peggy Garbe

    Umm this sounds amazing – and the pictures aren’t bad at all girl!

  • Ali

    Looks absolutely delicious! 

  • Yum! You make great party food – I’d love to come over to your place for appies 🙂

  • Yes that definitely sounds amazing! 

  • YUM! I love dip and asparagus! What a perfect combo! 

    I’m with you on the cream cheese. Sometimes, I just crave it. SO good!

  • Chrissy

    Sounds and looks amazing! I love asparagus!
    And I think your photos are wonderful! xxx

  • Asparagus dip? Sounds like a winner to me! I love kiefer, but I’ve never seen their spreadable yogurt cheese. What’s it like? 

  • That looks awesome!!

    Also, I have broccoli, asparagus, brussels sprouts and carrots in the crisper judging me for the bacon cheddar scones I baked Saturday morning.

  • TheMrsatSuccessAlongtheWeigh

    I’m betting this would make a dang good “sauce” for a pizza!  YUM!

  • J House Tawk

    That looks so tasty!! I just learned how to make guacamole lol.. I should be posting about it in the near future 🙂 Thanks!!

  • Yummmmm!  I KNEW I should have bought asparagus at the farmer’s market yesterday.  Oy.   This looks like an asparagus version of spinach-artichoke dip, which I love.

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