I really do have a collection of artichoke dips. Each one slightly different. Each one VERY delicious!
I found this one recently while searching for something to make for a crowd coming over for a rival college football game. Not only did it satisfy those pig skin lovers, I think it would be a mighty fine dip to make for any holiday party.
Yes, Food & Wine magazine some shiny gold stars for you!
Recipe by Cocktails 2008
1 large jalapeno
4-90z. boxes of frozen artichokes, thawed, drained and coarsely chopped
3/4 C mayo
3/4 C freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 t finely grated lemon zest
1 t kosher salt
1 t Tabasco
2 1/2 oz. sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (1 Cup)
Crackers or sliced baguette, for serving
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roast the jalapeno directly over a gas flame, turning, until charred all over. Let cool, then peel and seed the jalapeno and cut it into 1/4″ dice.
2. In a large bowl, mix the artichokes with the jalapeno, mayo, Parmigiano, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and Tabasco. Transfer the mixture to a 1-quart baking dish. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until hot.
3. Preheat the broiler. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar evenly over the hot dip. Broil for about 2 minutes, until bubbly. Serve hot or warm, with crackers.
I made this for tonight’s Cookbook Club. And what do you know, the girlies went wild over it!
Cauliflower with Cheddar Sauce and Rye Bread Crumbs
The Gourmet Cookbook, edited by Ruth Reichl
3 slices rye bread
3 C whole milk
1/2 stick, 4 T unsalted butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 T all-purpose flour
1/2 t salt
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
2 C coarsely grated sharp Cheddar (about 6 oz)
1 1/2 medium heads cauliflower (3 pounds total), cored and cut into 2″ wide florets
1. Put a rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Toast bread crumbs on a baking sheet with sides until golden, about 5 minutes. Cool on sheet on a rack.
3. Bring milk just to a boil; remove from heat. Melt 2T butter in heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, add onions, and cook, stirring until softened (about 5 minutes). Reduce heat to low and stir in flour, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring for 3 minutes to make a roux. Add milk in a steady stream, whisking constantly, until sauce is smooth. Simmer, whisking occasionally for 20 minutes.
4. Add Cheddar and cook, stirring until just melted. Remove from heat, cover surface of sauce with was paper (to prevent a skin from forming), and let cool.
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.
6. Cook cauliflower in a 4 to 5-quart heavy pot of boiling well-salted water until tender (about 10 minutes). With a slotted spoon, transfer cauliflower to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop the cooking, the drain well and pat dry. Transfer to buttered baking dish.
7. Melt remaining 2 T butter and toss with bread crumbs. Pour Cheddar sauce over cauliflower and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake until sauce is bubbling, about 15 minutes.