Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade and Cheesecake Dip

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This was the savory dip I served to my book club last month…so incredibly simple. Dump and pulse and it’s finished. A jar of roasted red peppers, a jar of marinated artichoke hearts, capers, Parm, parsley, garlic and fresh lemon juice were all processed till the mixture resembled a chunky pesto. How easy is that?  Slices of baguettes, crackers and veggies can be used to scoop up this healthy, full flavored, amazingly easy spread. My friends adored this Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade.

My friend, Diane, uses this on crostini, topped with a few arugula leaves, then a slice of rare beef tenderloin. Perfect for a more upscale hors d’oeuvre. She garnishes these with a sliver of Parm or a small piece of red bell pepper. I used the leftovers as a sandwich spread…a sensational addition to my usual, hum drum noon meal!


Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade and Cheesecake Dip~
  • Adapted from Diane Morrissey
  • 1 7-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 1 6-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup capers, drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Add ingredients to a food processor and pulse till mixture resembles chunky pesto.
  2. Serve with crudite or crackers.

Besides savory appetizers, I had to brainstorm for some sweet offerings. Dips and cookies work much better for munching while discussing than a heavy dessert. I saw this cheesecake dip on Dorothy’s blog…and thought it would be an excellent fruit dip. It whips up in minutes…and despite a slight artificial taste from the pudding mix, it was quite tasty. The most difficult part of the recipe was finding the cheesecake pudding mix…but I finally tracked it down at Walmart.

I used Biscoff and chocolate dipped Biscoff along with berries, sliced pears and apples as dippers. The Biscoff cookies were more elegant than graham crackers, but the latter would make a delicious, natural pairing as well.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to create my own homemade version soon…but if you need a quick cheesecake fix, this will tide you over till then.

Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade and Cheesecake Dip~
  • Adapted from Crazy for Crust
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 box (3.4 ounce) Jello cheesecake instant pudding and pie filling
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add the pudding mix (dry), powdered sugar and white chocolate and beat till combined. Add vanilla and milk and mix till well blended. May add a bit more milk if you prefer a thinner dip.
  2. To serve, bring to room temperature. Serve with fruit or cookies. Store in refrigerator.

Tip of the Day: If you’re in a book club or love to read, please check out this list of books we’ve read and discussed over the past 16 years.


  1. What a perfect recipe! So easy to make and convenient to serve! Perfect for potlucks!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year dear Liz!! I hope you have an amazing one! 🙂

  2. I love roasted red peppers, what a fabulous dip!

  3. Thank you for the recipes, Liz. I am always on the look-out for elegant but easy dips. And your photos inspire picture-perfect presentations =)

    BTW. What a great reading club! Loved Bird by Bird! I very much appreciate the accomplished authors on your group’s list and am adding a few to my stack of to-reads.

  4. I love the tang that the artichokes bring to a dip, this is lovely. I’m going to make this for a Neighbour cocktail party on Sunday! Thanks.

  5. Lizzy, I must say that the tapenade sure look scrumptious! As for the cheesecake dip, wow I would love that too!

  6. I can’t believe how easy something that delicious really is. It looks so elegant to boot. I’m still jealous of your book club.

  7. Two great looking dips perfect for parties! I love the idea of the tapenade and I have recently been getting into sweet dips and tried Chocolate Covered Katie’s cookie dough dip this year for the first time and I have been hooked every since!

  8. The yin and the yang of dips. Really enchanted by an artichoke dip that’s not laden with fat (although like those, too!). A nice change for New Year’s Eve.

  9. Yum! A great appetizer!

  10. Fanatstic appetizer and looks so delicious with roasted red peppers!
    Happy Holidays Lizzy!

  11. These all sound wonderful! I love this tapenade especially. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.

  12. I’m always looking for new dips this time of the year, and these look so good. I particularly like the red pepper and tapenade one – great flavors, and the artichoke is a nice treat. Good stuff – thanks.

  13. It seems I always need a quick dip recipe so these two recipes will come in handy. Great list of reads – our book club celebrated 30 years in 2012.
    Happy New Year

  14. Liz,
    I can’t wait to try these dips! Love that they’re so easy.

  15. Ooh Lizzy this tapenade looks to die for. I love all variety of dips and condiments especially for New Year’s Eve. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you and your a Happy new Year.

  16. I’m always at look out for dip idea’s. .
    This is just Prosperoust!

    Wishing you n your beautiful family a very Beautiful, Prosperous andHappy New Year! !

  17. Love how easy this is! Could snack on this all day!

  18. This looks so delicious. You cannot beat a veggie packed dip. Makes up for some of the sweets I have been living on the last few days 🙂

  19. Wow, that tapenade looks amazing. I think I’ll be placing this on my New Year’s menu. Yum!

  20. Both dips will satisfy my craving for sweet and salty! They look fabulous. I finally subscribed to get your emails after you converted over.. yay!! Wishing you a Happy New Year 2013 my friend!!

  21. I love dips – from sweet to savory (and at first I thought you had made one dip – and thought, wow that’s an interesting use of flavors! lol) I would inhale them both!

  22. I think dipsare the life of any party. I love both your dips especially roasted peppers and artichoke one.

  23. Both dips are fantastic, I love particularly the roasted pepper artichoke one. Irresistible!

    Happy New Year!

  24. Cookin Canuck says:

    The flavors in this sound fantastic. What a fun recipe for New Year’s Eve!

  25. I’m all over the artichoke dip recipe-love the easiness of it!!

  26. Yum! These pictures are so pretty.

  27. That tapenade is spectacular. A SuperBowl treat for sure. I actually think that using it as a sandwich spread base, even with leftover chicken, turkey or tenderloin, sounds even better. Once again, lucky bookclubbers.

  28. Liz I love this roasted red pepper and artichoke dip. So easy and I’m sure delicious. I think I will pick the ingredients up today and whip some up. This couldn’t be easier.

    I signed up again for your emails since I’m still not getting them hopefully 3rd times a charm.

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