Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Warm Artichoke Dip

*This recipe was given to me by my friend, Steve. We belong to a dinner group of about 10 people who get together once a month for dinner at a different person's home each month. The host prepares the main dish, and the guests bring the rest of the dinner -- appetizers, veggies, side dishes, wine (very important), and desserts. By trading off each month, we get to spend time in the homes of people we are able to get to know better over food lovingly prepared, or just as lovingly picked up from Publix. :)

As for this recipe, I recommend adding chopped spinach, *real* bacon bits (though that should go without saying), and garlic powder to taste. You could also throw in some chopped water chestnuts, almonds, asiago cheese, or whatever other little tidbits your hearts desire. This dip *will not last long*, so be sure to get some as soon as possible. :)

1 large can artichoke hearts, drained
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups mayonnaise
1 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated ( I used just regular Parmesan )

Chop artichokes, add cream cheese, mayonnaise and cheese. Mix thoroughly. Bake uncovered in oven proof serving dish at 350 for about 15 minutes. Serve warm with crackers.

If there are suggestions for ways to make this Vegan-friendly, do let us know. We'd be happy to post an addendum to this (or any other) recipe(s).


"Personally I do not resort to force--not even the force of law--to advance moral reforms. I prefer education, argument, persuasion, and above all the influence of example. "

- Rutherford Hayes (1822-1893)
19th U.S. president

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