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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Spinach Artichoke dip

I was surfing looking for a dip the other day because the nanny is away and here we are for a month with Kyle and not able to get out to the local pub for an appy evening. So, I was going to make it an appy evening at home. I had my chardonnay, she had her diet coke. We were missing the appy. I took a recipe from a friend's blog and kicked it up a notch. So with kudos to Merritt over at A Real American Housewife, here it is.

Spinach Artichoke Dip w/shrimp
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup fat-free/light sour cream
1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chili powder
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
(reserve 1/2 of an artichoke heart for decorating top)
8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
3/4 (10-oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
1/2 cup of peeled baby shrimp chopped

Tortilla Chips to serve with it

Mix 3/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese with the sour cream, parmesan and all other ingredients, stirring well with a wooden spoon. Place in an oven proof shallow baking dish and sprinkler remaining mozzarella over the top. Bake at 350 degrees Farenheit for 20 minutes or until cheese on top is just starting to brown. Place quartered artichoke heart as decoration in center of dip. Serve with tortilla chips.

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