Sometimes I like to make Todd and I an appetizer for a late supper, instead of a meal. Then supper feels like a bit of a celebration. I had made homemade melba toasts yesterday with some stale baguettes and thought it would be a shame not to have something to dip them in, and so I decided to make our favourite Artichoke Dip.
It's not much to look at, but oh baby . . . it's gorgeous and rich and so scrummy to eat! It's a dish I made often for the dinner parties I catered for when I worked at the manor.
You can add cooked shrimp or chicken to it as well, which makes it even more substantial. But we like it just as it is . . . filled with lots of artichokes and cheese . . . three kinds . . .
Mozzarella, Cream and Cheddar . . . and garlic and shallots . . . and sour cream . . . mayonnaise and Dijon mustard . . . and herbs . . .
Did I mention how scrummy it is? I can't overstate this fact. It's incredibly scrummy. Everyone will love it. Seriously. This is the bomb.
*Hot Artichoke Dip*Serves 5 to 6
1 ounce fresh mozzarella cheese, drained and cubed1 heaped dessertspoon of sour cream
Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.
Using an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard and Worcestershire sauce until well blended. Stir in the artichoke hearts, garlic, shallot, thyme, oregano and jalapeno pepper if using. Season to taste and mix well together. Spread into a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle lightly with paprika and then bake in the heated oven for 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot with your desired dippers.