Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hot Artichoke Spread

Ever just feel like a warm savory meal for winter that isn't soup? I found this recipe for Hot Artichoke Spread in my 3,4,5 ingredient cookbook, reared back and shot a "YES!" arm into the air! Only 4 ingredients, one of which I already had in the fridge.
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained, finely chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 package Italian salad dressing mix
Directions: Remove tough outer leaves and chop artichoke hearts. Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into 9-inch square baking pan and bake at 350F for 20 minutes. Serve hot with assorted crackers.
I will tell you that am a complete nut for artichoke hearts...in a spread, on a pizza, they are awesome! Chopped them up nicely and slid them into a bowl. 1 cup of mayonnaise and 1 cup of grated cheese. The recipe called for Parmesan, but we all know how pricey that can be and my family is all about getting the best bang for our buck! So, we settled on 4 cheese shreds which included Asiago so that will do in the sharp department :) Sprinkle in the Italian salad dressing mix and you can smell it all coming together. Give it a good mix and pour into square casserole pan to bake.
A yummy appetizer for parties or serve alongside a cheese ball for a few different tastes at dinnertime. Very good...a definite keeper!

Final Photo Taken by Me :)

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