Thursday, March 5, 2009
Spinach Artichoke Dip
The most sinful dip I have ever tasted. I just love it.. the melted cheese with the taste of the artichoke and nicely baked spinach..... yummmm! I first ate this in Maggianos Resaturant and just fell in love with it. My hubby doesnt allow me to order this often as he says its very cheesy and not good for health in excess...:) He is my personal dietician hehehe..:P
Anyways I just got few artichokes as I wanted to experiment with fresh food. So what better than making a Spinach artichoke dip right?? So here goes the recipe..:D
Artichoke Hearts - Fresh (2) or u can even use Canned artichoke hearts
Spinach - 2 cups
Shreded Mozarella cheese & Parmesan cheese - 1/4 cup each
Cream Cheese - 2 cups
Yoghurt - 1/4 cup
Garlic - 3 pods cleans and minced
Fresh or dried basil - 1/2 tsp
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic salt - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a small baking dish and place inside the oven.
Chop the artichoke heart and spinach well. I used frozen spinach which I thawed well before using
In a medium bowl mix the Yoghurt, basil, cream chese, garlic, salt, 1/2 of the Mozarella cheese and parmesan cheese,pepper and garlic salt. Slowly now stir in the Spinach and the chopped artichoke hearts. Mix well.
Now tarnsfer this mixture into the preheated baking dish and top with the leftover Mozzarella cheese and bake for 25 minutes until its bubbly and lightly brown on top.
Variation** I added some chopped red pepper to this recipe.. just for the colour..:)
Serve hot with ur favourite nacho chips or Pita bread..:) Enjoy!