There’s an “App” for That
Need 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 and set it aside. Do the same with the artichokes. You may use the same toweling and will get out a bit more moisture even after draining. Place the vegetables into the baking pan along with the mayonnaise, 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. 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.