Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Slow Cooker Salmon Swiss Chard Artichoke Dip

Salmon combined with swiss chard in a hot artichoke dip, served from a slow cooker? I'm in.
Updated photo, same great recipe!
It's steamy--I could hardly wait to eat a bite!
I still remember the first time I had hot artichoke dip.  It was amazing.  It became a regular on my roster of hot party dips because the key ingredients either could hang out in my pantry or were fridge staples.  Then I moved to Hawaii and my friend Sara served my beloved dip--but with salmon.  It was eye-opening@  Sara had been inspired by a crab version, and a smoked salmon version, but made it her own with a salmon filet and liquid smoke.

I've kept liquid smoke in the pantry ever since.

I never empty the bottle, however.  I keep moving and giving away the open bottle first.  Then I get to discover where the liquid smoke is shelved in a new grocery store and carry on.

Thus was the status of my hot party dip roster (everyone has one of those, right?) until I read Farmgirl Fare's Hot Swiss Chard Artichoke Dip.  Her seamless blending of my most prolific garden green with my favorite dip inspired me to add it to my recipe.

If you have a massive salmon filet, use part of it in this dip and part with oranges on pasta.  I did.  When it's warmer, I have other plans for my salmon filets, so stay tuned.

I've made this with both marinated artichoke hearts and canned (non-marinated) artichoke hearts.  I think it works well both ways.  If I have canned choke hearts I add mayo, and if I have choke hearts in oil I use less mayo.

Salmon Swiss Chard Artichoke Dip

1 salmon filet
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon dill seasoning blend (I used Pampered Chef All Purpose Dill Mix)
1 large bunch Swiss chard, chopped
2 cups artichoke hearts, chopped (I chop finely or toss them in my food processor)
mayonnaise (1/4 cup if using marinated hearts, 3/4 cup if using canned hearts)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 to 1 1/2 cups grated cheese (I used sharp cheddar but have used colby-jack and mild cheddar)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a greased baking pan, sprinkle salmon filet with liquid smoke and shake dill seasoning over top.  Bake 20 minutes or until fish easily flakes.  Set aside.

Preheat a medium skillet over medium heat.  Sauté Swiss chard briefly in a bit of oil until leaves are bright and wilted.  At this point I tossed mine in the food processor with the artichokes because I was feeling the need to finely mince the chard.

In a small slow cooker, mix artichokes, chard, mayo, and cheese.  Fold in chunks of salmon.  Cook on High setting 1 to 2 hours until bubbly (mine took 90 minutes), then turn down to Low or Keep Warm for serving.

If you're baking this in the oven, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Mix as above, pour into an oven-safe dish, and bake 25-30 minutes until bubbly.

Serve with crackers or tortilla chips, or a sliced baguette.  This has joined the party with What's In The Box at In Her Chucks and Food on Fridays (twice)!


  1. I heart anything with artichokes; they are one of my favorite veggies and the one I seem to eat the least. The Hubby thinks they're too much work for just a small bite of each little leaf, but I think they are worth it. Plus, throwing them into a pot to boil and simmer isn't much work in my eyes.
    Hope you are staying warm. It's getting cold and snowy here in Cleveland.

    1. Meghan,
      I'm with your spouse on all the work for a fresh artichoke, but I view them as an excuse to drink butter and keep mum while slurping. But canned and jarred artichokes? Delicious and easy.
      I like how long the snow sticks around here in Ohio. It's pretty.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Talk about a party dip...Wow!!! Can't wait to blow my guests away with this delicious recipe.

    Thanks for sharing...Happy New Year :)