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Artichoke Heart, Cheese and Basil Appetizer Recipe

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Warm, cheesy, bubbly cheese:::drink some wine and enjoy your day...and top it off with some toasted bread or tortilla chips...life is good....

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Servings: 1-10 Servings
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Directions

  1. In a pot of boiling water, blanch spinach for 5 seconds, drain, and run under cold water. Squeeze out as much water as possible and pat with a dry towel. Chop roughly.
  2. Cut cream cheese into 4 pieces and heat in microwave for 1 minute in a covered bowl until very hot.
  3. In a medium-sized sauce pan, place the place the hot cream cheese and the Provolone and Parmesan cheese and stir over low heat until melted, and smooth.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to the hot cheese mixture. Keeping burner on low, heat all the ingredients slowly until very warm, stirring every so often to incorporate cheeses together. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  5. Scrape into a ramekin or small casserole dish and let cool about 15 minutes, sprinkle with an even layer of Parmesan cheese and place under hot broiler until Parmesan topping is golden and bubbly. Serve with toasted baguette slices or even tortilla chips.
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  7. If you need to serve later:
  8. After placing in your container, let cool and then cover with plastic and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. While still covered, heat dish in microwave for 2 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle about ½ tablespoon Parmesan cheese on top, place under broiler for 1 minute (or until golden and bubbly) and serve with golden toasts.
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  12. VARIATIONS: Omit spinach and add one or more of the following or whatever strikes your fancy. Try experimenting with cheeses also, just look for good melting cheeses.
  13. ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
  14. Orange rind
  15. Fresh Thyme
  16. ½ cup kalamata olives (or black)
  17. Fresh Rosemary
  18. Fresh Marjoram
  19. 1 cup toasted and chopped nuts
  20. Bleu cheese
  21. Gorgonzola Cheese
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Recipe %DV
Recipe Size 468g
Calories 1293  
Calories from Fat 890 69%
Total Fat 101.24g 127%
Saturated Fat 61.15g 245%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 289mg 96%
Sodium 4162mg 173%
Potassium 926mg 26%
Total Carbs 24.03g 6%
Dietary Fiber 7.9g 26%
Sugars 5.99g 4%
Protein 75.47g 121%

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  • ShaleeDP
    March 30, 2016
    This looks like an awesome recipe to try!

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