Spinach-Artichoke Dip With Spicy Cayenne

Advocate-tested recipe

Spinach-Artichoke Dip With Spicy Cayenne

Makes 10 to 12 appetizer-sized servings. Recipe is from Helana Brigman.

1 (10-oz.) bag frozen spinach, thawed and drained (about 1 cup)

1 (8-oz.) pkg. regular cream cheese (not low fat), softened

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for topping

1⁄3 cup sour cream, regular

1⁄3 cup mayonnaise

1 (15.5-oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained

4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

2 tsps. cayenne pepper, or substitute 1 spicy pepper from spring garden such as a jalapeño

Paprika, for dusting

Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together spinach, cream cheese, Parmesan, sour cream, mayonnaise, artichoke hearts, garlic and spices. Taste and adjust with any necessary Tony Chachere’s or black pepper. Spread mixture into an ovenproof casserole dish that’s been misted with nonstick spray, sprinkle with additional Parmesan, paprika and cayenne (if you’re feeling extra dangerous).

2. Bake until the top of the mixture is golden brown, about 25 to favorite dipping choice.

30 minutes.

3. Serve with toasted baguette or ciabatta bread, crackers or any other Note: If you don’t like spinach, substitute roasted broccoli in the winter or use asparagus or summer zucchini in the spring.

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