Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Not 1 but 2 Artichoke Recipes

Photobucket That's right, this week I am bringing you two delicious artichoke recipes that are quick, easy and quite tasty.  Now, I'll be the first to admit artichokes are not a common ingredient in my kitchen, but this month's Iron Chef Challenge is sponsored by Ocean Mist Farms and the themed ingredient is artichokes, and the word challenge is definitely what this ingredient brought to my kitchen.  I set out to find a recipe and found two so I figured why not make them both.  And I learned that Artichokes are high in potassium, vitamin C, magnesium and a great source of fiber.  But enough about the healthy stuff, lets get on to the good tasting stuff.

Cheesy Artichoke Dip
Ingredients: 1 cup yogurt, 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup Romano cheese, 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup bread crumbs.

Directions: In a small bowl mix yogurt, artichoke hearts and cheeses.  Pour into a greased baking dish.  Sprinkle with bread crumbs and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Serve warm with pita chips.
You are sure to love the creamy-ness of this dip and the yogurt makes it a healthy snack.

Next I made a Bacon, Artichoke Panini.
This recipe makes 2 panini's and calls for 1 can of cooked artichoke hearts, 4 slices of bread, 4 strips of cooked bacon, 1 sliced tomato, a handful of spinach leaves, butter and garlic salt.

To start with I cooked the artichoke hearts and bacon.  I also toasted the bread.  I then buttered one slice of bread for each sandwich and sprinkled it with a little bit of garlic salt.
Next I placed the spinach leaves and bacon on one slice of toasted bread and then the drained artichoke hearts and tomatoes on the other slice of bread. 
Lastly I put the two pieces together and put them on the grill for a couple of minutes.  (Shhhh... don't tell anyone but I use our George Foreman Grill as a panini press at our house.  It works great!)
Overall, I really liked how the garlic salt brought out the flavors of the tomato and complimented the artichokes and spinach nicely.  The bacon added a great taste as well.  (Doesn't bacon make everything taste better though?!?!)  And, another healthy meal option.
Be sure to check out all the other great recipes linked up to this month's Iron Chef Challenge featuring Ocean Mist Farm's Artichokes, or if you have a recipe of your own feel free to link it up as well and be entered to win this month's prize.

This post was linked to: Melt in your Mouth Monday on Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, Hunk of meat Monday on Beyer Beware, 2 Maids a Baking on 2 Maids a Milking, Tasty Tuesday on Beauty and Bedlam, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace, Hearth N' Soul, Made from Scratch Tuesday on From Mess Hall to Bistro, It's a Blog Party, Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday33 Shades of Green


Lisa said...

That dip sounds great! We have a similar one that's popular in our family, but it's SO unhealthy. This one doesn't seem so bad. I'll have to try it and see what they think.

Carol J. Alexander said...

I love artichokes. Thanks for these great ideas.

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

I love artichokes too, and both these recipes sound just delicious! Thank you for sharing them with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Lana said...

I so anted to make something, but our harvest schedule has had me too crazy to try and start any big projects in the kitchen this week. I'm saving all the recipes though!