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There’s an “App” for That

100_0327Need a quick appetizer for that surprise invitation to the barbecue?  Here’s an “app” that takes just a little over half an hour and you probably have the ingredients in your bread box, the pantry and the ‘fridge.  You’ll also need a small bowl and a 9″x9″ baking pan.  A pie plate will also do. The ingredients are as follows:

  • Several slices of day old bread
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 12 oz jar of quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1 box frozen spinach thawed
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • a sprinkle of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

First preheat the oven to 400°.  Drizzle the bread with the oil, cut it into bite size pieces and bake for about 15 minutes or until crispy and toasted.  While that bakes, drain and cut up the artichokes into smaller bits.  Place the thawed spinach into a cloth or a sheet of paper toweling and squeeze out as much liquid as possible into a small bowl 100_0330and set it aside.  Do the same with the artichokes.  You may use the same toweling and will get out a bit more moisture even 100_0334after draining.  Place the vegetables into the baking pan along with the 100_0335mayonnaise, Parmesan and seasonings and stir it all together.  If your mixture is too dry, add a bit more mayonnaise along with a few tablespoons of the reserved liquid.  When it becomes a spreadable mixture, smooth the top over evenly, remove the bread from the oven and switch it with the spinach and artichoke dip and bake it until warmed through. 100_0340 It may even be a bit browned on the edges. This should take about 15 to 20 minutes.

Now you’re ready for the barbecue, the pot luck supper, or the trip out to the winery’s picnic.  This little appetizer is hearty enough to even be lunch…and that’s just what it was for me and my daughter today.  I encourage you to give this one a try.100_0342100_0346


2 responses

  1. avian101

    Hi Diva! I thought you’ve moved to France to teach haute cuisine. It’s good to hear from you! This new recipe is simple and very healthy, I’m sure I’d like it because I love all the ingredients. Welcome back! 🙂

    June 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    • Thank you Avian. I’ve been “incommunicado” for a spell that’s true. I sure wish I was in France though! We took in a foster daughter and wow! …It takes a lot of energy to engage such a project. I know you know… Things have settled down now and we’re back to the regularly scheduled program. Take care 🙂

      June 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

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