Monday, May 18, 2009

Favorite Ingredient Friday - Spreads & Dips

Yes, I realize that it is not Friday, but since I was on the road to the Texas Steak Cookoff with my dear husband on Friday, I figured that I would try to catch up this morning because I love FIF, and I hate to miss it. So, here is my spread/dip recipe:
Bread Bowl Artichoke Dip


  • 2 sourdough bread rounds (about 6-in. diameter)
  • Vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts in water, drained
  • 2 envelopes vegetable soup mix
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 container (8 oz) sour cream
  • Grated fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Using Color Coated Bread Knife, slice off top of one bread round to create a lid; set lid aside.
  3. Carefully remove center of bread round to form a 4½-inch-wide and 2-inch-deep well for dip.
  4. Slice center of first bread round (that you cut out of the bread “bowl”) and entire second
  5. bread round into 1-in. cubes.
  6. Place bread bowl on center of Large Round Stone with Handles.
  7. Arrange bread cubes around bowl; spray with vegetable oil using Kitchen Spritzer.
  8. In Classic Batter Bowl, whisk cream cheese until smooth using Stainless Whisk.
  9. Add milk to cream cheese; whisk until smooth.
  10. Chop artichokes using the Food Chopper.
  11. Press the clove of garlic with Garlic Press.
  12. Add artichokes, vegetable soup mix and garlic to batter bowl; mix well using Small Mix ’N Scraper®.
  13. Microwave on HIGH 5-7 minutes or until hot (do not boil).
  14. Juice lemon using Juicer to measure 2 tbsp juice.
  15. Stir juice and sour cream into hot artichoke mixture; pour into bread bowl.
  16. If desired, grate Parmesan cheese over bread bowl and bread cubes using Rotary Grater.
  17. Lean lid against bread bowl and bake 13-15 minutes or until bread cubes and top of dip are golden brown.
  18. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Yield: 12 servings
This is a great recipe for parties, showers or just having a few friends over. It's very easy to make, delicious and even easier to clean up! You'll have to try it at your next gathering. As always, if you are interested in any of the products used to create this recipe or if you would like a catalog of your own, please let me know. Thanks and Enjoy!

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