Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Spinach Artichoke Dip

This is one of my all-time favorite appetizers, but it often turns into an entire meal.  So easy, so yummy, and somewhat healthy.  Hey, it has vegetables in it, right?

Here's what you need:
 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (or 9-12 ounces of fresh spinach microwaved on high for 2 minutes and squeezed dry)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened (low fat or fat free is OK)
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup mayonnaise (light is OK)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (I never use this)
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

Here's what you do:
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients; mix well. Spoon into a
microwave-safe 9-inch pie plate and heat in microwave oven at power level 8
(80%) for 3 minutes. Serve immediately (although it's still totally delicious if you refrigerate and reheat later). Great with an assortment of crackers or breads. Bon Appetite!

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