Easy Smoked Chicken Sausage Cheese Dip

Be sure to have lots of crackers and bread for dipping.

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1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped garlic clove
1/2 cup sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
15 ounces can artichoke hearts (drained and chopped)
1 round unsliced loaf rye or sourdough bread


  1. Preheat oven to 350°

  2. In medium skillet, over medium high heat add the oil and sauté sausage, onion and garlic until lightly browned.

  3. Beat together sour cream, cream cheese and Cheddar until smooth. Stir in the sausage mixture and artichokes.

  4. Cut a slice off the top of the bread and scoop out insides, leaving about a one-half inch shell. Pour cheese mixture into bread, place top back on and wrap in foil. Place on baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes, until dip is heated through. While dip is baking, cut scooped out bread into cubes and toast. Unwrap bread loaf and serve surrounded by bread cubes and additional crackers.

  5. Serves 6