Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Artichoke Cheese Bread

I was inspired by another recipe that called for olives instead of artichoke but we are not olive fans in this house except EVOO :) I did not have the right amount of the cheese called for in the original recipe so I came up with a good mix of what I had on hand. Enjoy, feel free to change it up please share any successes

14.5 oz can Artichoke pieces drained
2 green onions
1 stick butter
1/2 c mayonnaise ( not the MW stuff from Kraft)
6oz monterey jack grated
6oz mozzarella grated
2 oz Parmesan grated
1 roasted red bell pepper in oil diced (optional)
1 loaf crusty French or Italian bread unsliced.

Pre-Heat oven 325
In a large bowl blend the butter and mayo for 2-3 min until almost fluffy. On a cutting board place the artichokes and give a rough chop add them to the bowl. Place green onions on the cutting board slice thin and then give a little cross action chop add to the bowl. Add all the cheese and the bell pepper if using mix together well. Slice the bread in half length wise spread the cheese artichoke mixture in an even layer on each half. Place bread on a sheet try and put in the oven. Bake 20-25 min until the cheese is thoroughly melted and beginning to turn light brown and bubbly. Remove from oven cut into diagonal slices and serve immediately.

ps. You could also use this as a dip with pita chips, pretzels or some other tasty vessel. :) After making the cheese mixture spread into a pie pan or other shallow oven proof dish bake until golden and bubbly.

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