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Lemon Bacon Artichoke Dip Appetizer

 

 

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As I do every Thursday, I chat with the Sonrise Morning Show crew on Sacred Heart Radio about herbs and foods eaten during Bible days. Today we talked about artichokes. Did you know they may have originated in the Nile valley? And the reason artichokes grow so well in California is that the climates are similar.

There’s also an ancient plant of Bible days called cardoon, also edible. We eat the very tender, young, leaves in salads or sauté them in a bit of butter.

 

Artichokes are good for your muscles and heart, among other things.  Here’s a fun appetizer using jarred artichoke hearts.

LEMON BACON ARTICHOKE DIP APPETIZER

6 thick bacon slices,  either fried and then chopped or chopped first and then fried – save 1 scant tablespoon drippings in pan – drain bacon on paper towels

14 oz can water packed artichoke hearts, drained and chopped coarsely – see photo – don’t use marinated artichokes

1 teaspoon minced garlic or 2 cloves, minced

1 pound cream cheese, either reduced fat or regular

1/3 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon each onion salt or onion powder and salt

Pepper to taste

2-3 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Optional but nice: Palmful fresh chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 2 quart baking dish.

Add artichokes and garlic to drippings and cook about a minute. Don’t let garlic burn. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, sour cream and seasonings until smooth. Beat in lemon juice. Fold in artichoke mixture and HALF the bacon. Spoon into baking dish and sprinkle with rest of bacon and Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes or so until golden brown on top.  Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with favorite dippers.

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2 comments

  1. Laura

    Artichokes are one of my all time favorite hdaioly recipes for Easter mom used to make them and I would fight for the heart I now realize the memories she gave me with this precious vegetable to cling to those days yours looks amazing. Just perfectly stuffed I can just imagine how fabulous the aroma of these were cooking BRAVO!!! Simple is best. These are perfect! Congrats on your well deserved awards!

    1. Rita Heikenfeld

      HI, LAURA,
      Your Mom must have been pretty adventurous. Memories like that don’t ever fade.

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