Entertaining should be effortless and stress-free. The easiest method that I know to entertain and enjoy your guests is to plan ahead and choose food that can be prepared in advance leaving you free to enjoy your company. I have a repertoire of quick and easy appetizers to serve for family and friends.
I belong to the Dedham Junior Women’s club; a hardworking group of fantastic women committed to making a difference. Our biggest annual fundraiser is a large artisan craft fair with over one hundred crafters. A very large event that we plan for during the year culminating on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. I am one of the Chairs and I host the meetings where I experiment with new recipes on my friends!
They all agreed that my Hot Artichoke-Olive Dip was delicious!
Hot Artichoke-Olive Dip
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 green onions, sliced
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 teaspoons Herbs d’ Provence
1/2 teaspoon crushed red peppers
2 cups (8 oz.) Monterey Jack cheese
1 (14-oz.) can medium-size artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup pitted Castevetrano Italian olives, sliced
Crackers and assorted fresh vegetables
Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 8 ingredients and 1 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese. Fold in spinach and artichokes. Spoon into a lightly greased 1-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until the center is hot and edges are bubbly. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve with crackers and assorted vegetables.