In the past I've spent hours going through recipes looking for that perfect appetizer or snack. And you know I always seemed to fall back on the same recipe, one a friend gave me years ago. And it's become one of my favorites.
This is simple, easy to put together, and it doesn't take much time at all. The only problem with it is that it tastes so good that I often eat all of it before my guests arrive.
This recipe is centered around the bud of a flower of a plant that we all know, the artichoke. Now of course the artichoke isn't something that we commonly grow in our flowerbeds at home. But we can certainly enjoy its delicious flavor.
Virtually all of the artichokes grown in this country come from California's central coast and fields of them growing are a sight to see. Even though fresh artichokes are hard to beat, canned ones are readily available at the grocery store. And I think are actually better for this recipe.
To put this together just mixed two cans of drained artichoke hearts, quartered, with one cup of mayonnaise and one cup of freshly shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Now the aroma of this dip is outstanding. It's so amazing to me that three basic ingredients can come together to make such a delicious treat. Now it's best served warm in my opinion with your favorite cracker.
Now the next time you have guests coming over whether they are friends or relatives you might try this simple recipe. It will save you some time in the kitchen.
From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.
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