Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Artichoke Dip

1/2 brick of cream cheese
1/2 cup of miracle whip dressing
1/4 cup soft goat cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan
2 artichoke hearts (chopped fine)
1 tbsp sundried tomatoes (chopped)
1/4 cup grated mozzarella
1/2 tsp cardamon
Dash of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Optional adders:
1/3 cup frozen spinach (thawed, drained and chopped fine)
or 1/4 cup small shrimp (chopped)
or 4 tbsps smoked salmon (chopped)
or 1/4 cup of ricotta cheese
or 4 tbsps diced red bell pepper

(I like the bell pepper, it adds a hint of sweetness, color and crunch.  I find the spinach makes it too watery.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.  Melt cream cheese and goat cheese in mircowave for about 45 seconds to one minute.  With a fork or wooden spoon, mix in remaining ingredients.  Choose an optional adder to mix in or leave as is.

Place mixture in a small shallow casserole dish or large ramekin style dish and place in oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  If desired, sprinkle grated mozzarella and paremesan on top prior to baking.  When the top is bubbling, remove from oven.

Place the casserole dish on a plate and serve with multi grain Tostitos, pita chips, crackers or even ripple potato chips.

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