Hot Artichoke Spread

This baked vegetable spread served with slices of French bread or bagel chips is a welcome addition to any party table. Use the make-ahead directions to ease your party preparation duties.

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Makes:
40 servings
Serving Size:
2 tablespoon
Prep:
30 mins
Bake:
30 mins 350°F
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Hot Artichoke Spread

Ingredients
3/4
cup finely chopped onion (1 large)
2
1
tablespoon butter
2
8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
1 1/2
cups grated Parmesan cheese
1/4
cup milk
1/4
cup light mayonnaise
1/4
cup light dairy sour cream
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
3
cups chopped fresh spinach leaves
1
14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
 
Bagel chips, crostini, or sliced French bread

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a 10-inch skillet, cook onion and garlic in hot butter over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, milk, mayonnaise, sour cream, and pepper. Stir in spinach, artichoke hearts, and the onion mixture. Spread cheese mixture in the bottom of a 10-inch deep-dish pie plate.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated and top begins to brown. Serve with bagel chips, crostini, or French bread. Makes about 40 (2-tablespoon) servings.

From the Test Kitchen

Prepare as above through Step 2. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Uncover and bake in a 350 degrees F oven as directed about 40 minutes or until bubbly.

Hot Feta Cheese and Olive Spread:

Prepare as above in Step 1. In Step 2, substitute 1 cup crumbled feta cheese with basil and tomato for 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese; substitute 1/2 cup halved, pitted kalamata olives for the artichoke hearts; and add 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil. Continue as above in Step 3. If desired, serve with Toasted Pita Bread Wedges.

Hot Sausage and Mushroom Spread:

Prepare as above in Step 1, except omit the butter and cook 8 ounces bulk hot Italian sausage, 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms, and 1/2 cup chopped green or red sweet pepper with the onion and garlic; drain off fat. Set sausage mixture aside to cool. For Step 2, substitute 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese for 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese and omit the artichoke hearts.

Nutrition Facts

(Hot Artichoke Spread)
    Per serving:
  • 58 kcal cal.,
  • 4 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 14 mg chol.,
  • 138 mg sodium,
  • 2 g carb.,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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