Monday, July 4, 2016

George's Artichoke Dip

George's Artichoke Dip

1 14 oz can artichoke hearts
1 cup real mayonnaise
1 ½ cup parmesan cheese
A good dash of garlic powder
Triscuits or bread (Hawaiian bread is very good with this)

Optional ingredients:
A can Sliced water chestnuts (highly recommended!)
½ box of chopped frozen spinach
Dash of Worchestshire sauce
Dash of Tabasco sauce

Coarsely chop the artichokes (finely choped works just as well)  add the other main ingredients.  If you use the water chestnuts (which add a pleasant crunchy texture)
coarsely chop them too.  I like the worchestshire sauce.  This spinach adds color and texture but I like the dip just as well without it.   Excellent on triscuits, but any old cracker will be fine.  I sprinkle paprika on it to make it look more colorful, taste-wise it is a totally optional ingredient.

Bake at 350 in the oven for about 20 minutes, it is much better warmed.  

Notes from George:
Very easy to make and it is the best thing you can do to an artichoke.

You can usually find them with the canned vegetables, they are ready to use out of the can, you can buy whole artichoke hearts (more expensive) or quartered artichoke hearts (less expensive).  Since you just chop them up for this recipe, I buy the quartered. 

If you are new to artichokes, buy a small jar of the marinated artichoke hearts right beside the canned artichokes, they are my second favorite way of eating artichokes.

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