Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spinach Artichoke Dip.

This is a very easy appetizer that is definitely a crowd pleaser. This was a recipe that I originally got from my Aunt Kathy. I have thoroughly enjoyed having it, as I whip it up and take it to Bible study or a party when I can't come up with another idea.

I don't actually have the recipe with me in our delightful apartment, so this is going off of memory. Here's hoping I don't steer you all in the wrong direction! :)

Start off by preheating your oven to 350*. Then, put one can of drained artichokes in your food processor. 

Add some sauteed spinach. The original recipe I have doesn't actually call for spinach, but I think it's a nice addition. I generally always have frozen spinach on hand, so I cook it long enough to thaw, then drain it. I'd say I end up with about a 1/2 cup of spinach.

Next, add one cup of grated (or in my case, shredded) parmesan cheese.

Then add one cup of mayonnaise. Trust me, it's good. Don't be scared of it.

Now add a good helping of black pepper (I like to add a small pinch of cayenne too... just because I can). 

And since I add the spinach, I also add a small pinch of nutmeg. It adds just a little extra depth of flavor. (I've heard that when cooking with spinach, nutmeg is always a good addition).

Next is the juice of half a lemon (or a whole one if the lemon isn't very juicy). 

Now turn that food processor on and let it whirl. (I typically pulse it a few times at first to get the processing started).

You will know it's ready to go once all of the ingredients are blended and you have no chunks. 

Pour the mixture into a baking dish. Don't worry about greasing the dish because the mayonnaise will have enough oil to keep it from sticking.

Spread the mixture evenly in the dish and bake until golden brown on top and bubbly around the sides, around 25-30 minutes.

I realized I forgot an "after" shot! Just envision a round baking dish with a nice, bubbly, lightly browned dip. Let the dip sit for 10-15 minutes to let everything set.

Serve the dip with an assortment of goodies: tortilla chips, pita chips, or crackers and sliced veggies.


And just because I can't help it....

Oh that Lima Bean melts my heart!

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