Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip

This recipe is always a crowd pleaser and it's so easy that it's a win-win. Here's the recipe:
  • 1 Cup chopped artichoke hearts (canned--not marinated, or frozen and thawed)
  • 1/2 Cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese (I prefer fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • dash of ground pepper
  • garnish with fresh cut tomatoes

On the Side:

  • sliced crusty bread (toasted if you like)
  • celery
  • crackers

1. Boil the spinach and artichoke hearts in a cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander when done.

2. Heat the cream cheese in a small bowl in the microwave set on high for 1 minute (flip the cheese over after 30 seconds and resume). Or, use a saucepan to heat it over medium heat just until hot.

3. Add the spinach and artichoke hearts to the cream cheese and stir well.

4. Add the remaining ingredients to the cream cheese and combine. Garnish with chopped fresh tomatoes and serve hot with crackers, toasted bream and/or vegetables.


older singer said...

This is the perfect snack to have while you're watching _The Magic Flute_. I used to own a copy of the Bergman version, but someone "borrowed" it. But NOW I'm recording a new one, directed by Julie Taymor (who directed Broadway's _The Lion King_.)
I tried to reach Factotum to tell her this was on channel 7, but apparently she was BLOGGING.

Factotum said...

Danget! Was it any good?

older singer said...

Oh you know--Mozart. He's such a show-off. That Queen of Night aria--talk about pretentious!
I RECORDED IT--one our new DVD recorder. I'll bring it over soon. It's wonderful!!!

Factotum said...

Goodie, do I get to "borrow" that one too?

older singer said...

You can BURN a copy!

Factotum said...

But what would your husband say about that? Are you suggesting we go behind his back?

Bruce Young said...

You can burn a copy of the copy we recorded from broadcast. No problem that I can see. We'll probably record a couple of other things on the disk--and you can have those too!

Garry Wilmore said...

I see that you are into recipes, so you might enjoy this one as well. Apart from the pleasure it will afford your palate, I think this will appeal to your literary interests as well, as I have woven into the recipe a commentary of sorts about Dante. But here it is, and enjoy!

Tuscan bean and rice soup

Factotum said...

wow thanks, I'll definately try it out!