Saturday, June 2, 2012

Baked Artichoke Spinach and Cheese Appetizers



1 recipe artichoke and spinach dip (put in the freezer until partially frozen just a few hours)
1 cup flour
1 or 2 eggs beaten
2 tablespoons water

Panko preferred or regular Italian flavored breadcrumbs
cooking spray

In three separate bowls add flour in one (about 1 cup), in another bowl, 1 beaten egg with 2 tablespoons of water in it and the last plate or bowl pour in about 2 cups of bread crumbs  for easy rolling.  Roll  the artichoke dip into walnut size balls, or use a melon ball scooper, then dip into flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs.  Set on a piece of wax paper until all are molded.  On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, spray with oil or use a light coating of olive oil to coat the paper. Place the artichoke balls on the sheet.  Bake at 400 degree hot oven until browned. These do not need to be flipped over. Enjoy with some dipping sauce ...  light lower fat Alfredo sauce (see recipe below) goes fabulous with these!


Artichoke Spinach Dip Recipe

( omit the last part of this recipe for the baking instructions and shredded cheese for the top. Just refrigerate after all ingredients are blended overnight.)

1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and put through food processor will just a little chunky
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained and squeezed out dry
1 1/4 cups finely shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/4 cups shredded 5 blend Italian shredded cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2  cup shredded Fontina cheese for the top
 cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
bread crumbs or cracker crumb (optional)
 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Press the excess moisture from the spinach.
 Combine the artichokes, spinach,  cheeses, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, and garlic in a bowl and mix well.
Spoon the artichoke mixture into an oven proof bowl (sprinkle with bread crumbs or cracker crumbs) that you can bake this in. Bake at 350 topped with Fontina for thirty minutes until bubbly. Serve warm with tortilla or pita chips, crackers or vegetables.

Low Fat Alfredo Sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
pinch nutmeg
3/4 cup grated Romano and Parmesan blended cheeses
3 cups  1 % low fat milk
1/2 teaspoon white pepper


Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Whisk in milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, whisking; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Shut off heat and stir in the cheese.

14 comments:

Grubarazzi said...

Oh wow. These look like the perfect cocktail bite.

Claudia said...

Oh wow - these would last five minutes here. We all go wild for the dip - not it's an appetizer! With a dip!

Kathy said...

Wow! These would be such a hit at my next get together! I’m always looking for a good appetizer!

Free Spirit Eater said...

Oh my goodness these are some insanely delicious appetizers. I would devour those even right now for breakfast. I'm loving that they're baked instead of fried. Lovely job Claudia, thanks for sharing, enjoy your weekend!

Elisabeth said...

I'm all for your fabulous appetizer, and the amazing dip...I'll take all that you have on the plate, and please pass the yummy sweet potato kabobs, too!
Thanks for sharing, my dear friend!
xo

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

These sound amazing! Awesome appetizer!

ARLENE said...

Don't know why these didn't turn up in my reader, but found them in a search for quick appetizer and they look terrific!

thesmartcookiecook.com said...

This is so simple, but it sounds SO GOOD. I would easily eat a hundred of them and not bat an eyelash!

redkathy said...

Oh Cluadia I have to make this for the hubby. He is a big dip fan and I know he would just love these!

redkathy said...

Hubby is going to love these Claudia! He is a big dip fan and we both adore artichokes.

Thanks for sharing yet another fabulous recipe.

Rachelle said...

So so so so making these.

Catherine said...

Dear Claudia, Looks like a great appetizer for any occasion. I just love this dip.

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

Mmm...I'd love to have those little baked puffs with a nice cocktail!

Emily @ She Makes and Bakes said...

I love that they're bite size. What a great idea.