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Artichoke Melange

Artichoke Melange

Artichoke Melange

  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

This warm, baked dip has a spicy pepper bite. Serve with a light ale beer.

Ingredients

  • ¼ tsp. Garlic Salt
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ c. chopped walnuts
  • ½ c. pineapple tidbits, drained (optional)
  • 1 pkg. (3 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 can (14 ounces) chopped artichokes, drained
  • ¼ c. shredded asiago cheese
  • ¼ c. finely chopped pepperoncini peppers
  • ½ c. mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp. pepper, red crushed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Whisk cream cheese and mayonnaise in a medium bowl until smooth. Stir in artichokes, pineapple, pepperoncini, walnuts, Italian herb seasoning, garlic salt and crushed red pepper.
  3. Pour mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
    Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until set.
  4. Serve warm, with crackers or toasted mini-pitas
  5. Variation:  Replace the Italian herb seasoning with 1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands Fine Herbs plus 1 teaspoon Spice Islands Leaf Thyme; increase garlic salt to 1/2 teaspoon and decrease crushed red pepper to 1/8 teaspoon.