Make Your Long Weekend A Little Cheesy

If you’ve been to an opening night reception at the Playhouse, you’re probably already acquainted with Sue Alford’s cheese dips, which are a crowd favourite. Sue started helping with catering opening nights around 2009, eventually taking on the task herself. With Sue’s blessing, we’re delighted to share her outstanding Artichoke Dip recipe.


✨ 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
✨ 1 cup mayonnaise
✨ 1 cup parmesan cheese
✨ 4 oz. jar mild diced green chilies (optional)
✨ 12 oz. can artichokes, drained and chopped
✨ 2 cloves garlic, minced

You can also add asiago or cheddar cheese. If you like some heat, just add a few splashes of tabasco, any hot sauce, or diced jalapeno peppers if preferred.


  1. Soften cream cheese, then add mayo, parmesan, and other cheese (if using).
  2. Dice chilies, chop artichokes, and mince garlic, then add.
  3. Mix well with wooden spoon and spread evenly into an oven safe dish. You can sprinkle a little more parmesan or other cheese on top if you like.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25min, or until bubbly.

Note, the recipe is easily doubled.

You can’t go wrong with this dip. Thanks Sue!

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