It’s probably no surprise – especially to those of you who know that I live in Canada – that I would eventually write a post about hockey. Despite the fact that hockey is NOT Canada’s National Sport (ten points to the person who knows what it is and shares it in the comments), it’s definitely our national obsession.
And in Suburble life, it’s also a household obsession.
The fabulous Heather corrected me in the comments. In 1994, Hockey was made Canada’s National Winter Sport. But before then…. there was only ONE national sport. I guess all of the hockey nuts must have started a petition or something!
Ever since Mr. Suburble was an adorable (and I mean, ADORABLE – look at that kid!) little athlete, hockey has been an enormous part of his life.
All through his childhood, he played hockey in the fall, winter and spring, and then went to camps in the summer. His dad built a giant ice rink (with two by fours and the garden hose) in the winters. Not just a small patch of ice – but an “entire-back-yard-did-you-hear-what-the-neighbour-did?” sized rink
And despite the fact that Mr. Suburble’s NHL dreams did not quite realize the same magnitude that Sidney Crosby’s did, he’s still an avid player in a men’s league. And every. single. Canucks game must be watched. Or PVRed. Or listened to on the radio.
I am telling you, friends, that he is so dedicated to his team that he has developed superstitions surrounding the game. If the Canucks are doing poorly, he turns off the t.v. “Maybe if I don’t watch for a while, it’ll change their luck.”
During the Stanley Cup Playoffs a couple of years ago, we had to to watch the games at our house, so that Mr. Suburble could sit in the exact same spot on the couch.
I kid you not. This is who I married. He thinks that he can control the players through where he sits. And I love him for that.
Okay, and I raise my eyebrow a bit at it. Come on!
When I got the chance to share a recipe for a typical Hockey Night in Canada, I thought there would be nothing better than to tweak an old rink favourite. If you’ve ever gone to the concession at a local hockey game, you’ll know all about the nachos: the chips that are tossed into a cardboard tray and covered in that bright orange, comes-glooping-from-a-pump cheese.
I decided to “grow it up” a bit, and created a Zesty Hot Artichoke Dip. It’s delicious. And it has cheese in it.
The ingredients are easy to find – and don’t come from a pump. In fact, they came from one of Galen Weston’s hangouts: The Real Canadian Superstore!
This recipe is really just a matter of mixing and baking. So easy, yet sooo delicious.
The artichokes must be chopped prior to going into the mix. Depending on your love of artichokes, you can increase the amount in the recipe. I opted for a small jar, only because I wanted the cheese to be the primary focus of this dish.
- 1 brick (250 g) of Plain Cream Cheese
- 1 cup Mayo
- 1 cup shredded cheese (Tex Mex Blend)
- 1 small jar Artichoke Hearts
- 1/2 pkg Taco Seasoning
- 1/2 pkg Cream of Vegetable Soup (dry)
- Topping: 3/4 cup shredded cheese (Tex Mex)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Rinse Artichoke Hearts and chop
- Mix all ingredients together in large bowl until blended together
- Put into oven-safe container (casserole dish or baker)
- Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup of cheese on top of dip
- Bake in oven for 20 minutes (or until cheese is bubbling)
- Let sit for approximately 5-10 minutes prior to serving
- Serve with tortilla chips
- Amount of taco seasoning can be increased for a more zesty taste - however, be warned that the flavour of the seasoning will increase while baking .
What can make this already-yummy looking dip even better!?!?
That’s right, gang. It’s more cheese.
Once it’s hot and bubbly, and ready to be served with a side of tortilla chips, this dip is a definitely crowd pleaser. There’s something about the cool fall air and warm cheesy dips that just so go well together.
It’s dips like these that cause the rare moments of silence when our family is watching the game. Usually, it’s a room full of arm-chair referees. But in these delicious and gooey moments, all you can hear are the hums of approval and the crunches of chips.
That’s how good it is.
Does Hockey sneak into your lives come Fall? Are you huge sports aficionados?
Or do you just like cheesy dips, chips and friends?
Either or, you’re alright by me!
Yum!! I’m laughing here for two reasons my husband leaves the room when his footy team is losing and I was watching a rerun of how I met your mother and she gets in a fight over a hockey team and they try to take the Canadian out of her LOL
I think this would go down well as a footy snack although footy is all about meat pies 🙂
Oh, that’s too funny. I imagine that football (or soccer to us, right?) is probably the same kind of obsession in Australia that hockey is in Canada.
Tell me about this meat pie… I wonder if it’s anything like the one my mother makes!
Looks delish!! AND I’m totally cracking up over here. My husband is the same way about his Dallas Cowboys. I cracks me up to no end.
These men and their sports! I know that football is HUGE in the South. Hubby still likes his football, but hockey is his true passion.
It’s the one sport that takes the superstitions to a whole new place of cray-cray.
This looks and sounds delicious!!
Thank you, Kara! I assure you – it IS so yummy!
Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.
Oh, thank you, Laurie! I love those pins!
Umm, wish I saw this before Jen’s baby shower on the weekend, I would have made this instead!
You’ll have to save it for Christmas-time – it’s SO good. I’m such a sucker for hot dips!
this looks delish! I love hockey (and all sports) but prefer to watch international hockey. I’m glued to the TV set for the World Juniors at Christmas time, and I’m an Olympic-addict. I’m the one awake in the middle of the night watching live when it’s in a different time zone.
Oh- and our national sport is Lacrosse. Can I exchange my 10 points for some dip ? 😉
You get the prize, Stephanie! If I had any leftover dip, I’d send it over!
My hubby would love to have a friend like you to watch the game with. He gets all zany over the Olympics… like you, he wakes up at crazy times (or PVRs things at all hours of the day) so that he doesn’t miss any of his favourite sports!
make sure to follow me on Twitter- I”ll be at the Sochi games and he can see live photos of the events! 🙂
Looks so yummy, Tara! And your hubby really was a cutie kiddo!
Awww… thanks, Sky. Both the dip and the hubby are pretty great! 😉
Amy of while wearing heels
My mouth is watering over your hunky Mr. Suburble 🙂 and this delicious dip. Yum!
And you mean that in a very “when he’s of legal age” way, right? 😉 Oh Amy, you’re too awesome! 🙂
Lacrosse! Canadians FTW! Although… hockey is actually our national winter sport and lacrosse is the summer one. 😛
Woot! You are the super-duper winner, Heather! I changed the post to reflect the knowledge you just bestowed upon me. And here I thought that it was only Lacrosse all year ’round! 🙂
That dip sounds so yummy , can’t wait to try it. Those pictures are fantastic. Hockey is in our blood and both his nephews are wearing number 12 at hockey this year in honour of uncle suburble.
That’s so awesome, Amy! I told Mr. Suburble that, and he smiled. Gotta love old-school hockey pics. I especially like the one where he’s spraying the snow (ice?) with his super-awesome stopping abilities.
When I skate, I use the boards as my brakes. 😉
Tara, just come over here and cook for me. That is all. Great idea, it looks phenomenal, and adding hockey to good food is just the icing on the cake. Or rather, the cheese on the dip. 😉
Yes, the cheese on the dip is the most important part. Like a good wine with your meal, or the glitter on your Christmas ornament – it’s the piece de resistance!
And yes, I’ll come over and cook for you. You make the Coronitas and I’ll make the dip.
I love me a good artichoke dip, I’ll be storing this one away for christmas! YUM YUM!
Yes, do that, Virginia! And then come back and tell me what you (and your family) thought of it!
Your dip looks fabulous and sounds delicious! Sports nuts are sports nuts and some of them believe all kinds of crazy things! Good for your husband!! Being from Missouri where the Cardinals RULE!…we are currently all involved in the World Series, but I grew up in Chicago, home of the fabulous Blackhawks…so I know about hockey for sure!
Ahhh… so you have two sports obsessions in your household!!?!? And with them being hockey and baseball, you’re busy with sports all year ’round. It sounds like Mr. Suburble would love coming to hang out at your place. Though our ball teams are the Jays and the Mariners.
(Mr. Suburble still watches re-runs of the Jays’ World Series wins in the early 90’s. I’ve probably seen the games over 6 or 7 times. I’m not kidding. He’s dedicated. )
Mmm looks delish!!
Oh, it is, Kristen! Too yummy… I’m pretty sure that I ate at least half of it! Whoopsie!
Oh yum! I love artichoke dip…mmmmm Pinning this one for the holiday season!
Oh, thank you, Jo-Anna! You’ll have to let me know what you think of it!
This is literally making my mouth water!
Pinned for my next party 🙂
Thank you for the pin, my sweet friend! You’ll have to tell me how it turns out!
Um yeah you can come over anytime now and make me this…I used to live at Milestone’s after work back in the day and they used to have a dip that I would eat like candy. This could probably take it’s place.
Were you a server? I hear that restaurant posses are thick as thieves. I didn’t ever get to work in the industry, so I didn’t get to experience it.
I’m sure that this dip could rival a restaurant appy. Plus… you don’t have to leave home to have it. That’s always a big bonus for me!
OMG I am drooling all over my keyboard, Tara! This look absolutely delish. Oh, and my guess at what the Canadian National Sport is……curling? 😉
Good guess! I was actually a teensy bit wrong, as hockey is our WINTER national sport. But before that (and when I was taught what our National Sport was), it was lacrosse.
Which is just as aggressive as hockey… in fact, I’d say it’s moreso!
Krista @ the happy housie
Okay lacrosse. I’m not even looking at the other comments first to check if I am correct. This dip looks awesome. Hubby loves hockey as all good Canuck men do – but I think I prefer the extra cheese on the dip:) It is always fun to see it live though, beer in hand of course.
I’m so thankful The Guy doesn’t watch hockey but for the World Junior something or other. It’s bad enough during CFL season!
Dani @ lifeovereasy
That looks delicious! I’m going to be craving that until I make some myself!
Looks like a great dip to make for company before the hockey game! Thanks so much!