I love marinated artichokes, which I sometimes eat right out of the jar, so this sounded quite tempting to me. Jewelies told me by zmail that she drains the artichokes before processing and so I did, too, but I reserved the marinade and used it in place of the oil. When I started to add the marinade (Step 2), I did so quite gradually and stopped adding as soon as I got to a consistency that seemed to hang together well. Because I happen to love thyme with artichokes, I also added a pinch of thyme. The next time I might add garlic, as I think it would be good with that, also. I did drizzle a small amount of extra virgin olive oil over the dip, just enough to add a hint of the olive flavor. I didn't have grissini (same thing as bread sticks, I believe?), but toasted some pita wedges in the over and used those as dippers. I'd like to try this with bacon flavor crackers as dippers, which I suspect would be quite good.
This is a nice dip! The recipe doesn't say to drain the artichokes but I did. I made it a little healthier by using 1/3 cup of reserved artichoke marinade instead of oil. I think that made it a little tastier also. Then I just topped it with oil and paprika. I used my immersion blender to puree it together. I served it with garlic bagel crisps. Made for 1-2-3 hit wonders.
I used pecorino romano instead of parmesan. This was a really tasty dip - I ate it on crackers, and also hollowed out some small raw plum tomatoes to filled them with it. However, it was lacking something. It just didn't have much "oomph." I added 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of red wine, which helped a little. This is a dish that could be easily doctored up to your liking.