When I think of how far my cooking and baking skills have progressed I smile because I like to think they have dramatically improved over the years. Lynden or my family may or may not agree, but I promise my skills have improved. Cooking and baking slightly frightened me. Seriously, I was that girl in your high school cooking class that burned water! Although I struggled with cooking meals, other than scrambled eggs, and baking desserts not from a box, I never struggled with appetizers. Okay maybe there have been a few mistakes along the way; but appetizers were the first item I felt confident that I could successfully bake/cook/mix.
Perhaps my determination to learn how to cook appetizers is attributed to my mother’s annual Christmas party, or it is because I never felt pressure because I knew a better meal would follow. I mainly belief it is because of one simple fact … I am a grazer who could eat all day; and what better to graze on than appetizers?
The appetizer I am sharing today is actually an Artichoke Dip. I know, I know, it is nearly impossible to screw up dips. This one however does require cooking on the stovetop. Should you fail to pay attention to the stovetop you could end up burning down the house; or at the very least setting off the fire alarm, and annoying anyone napping nearby.
Okay before I begin I just want to say, I love artichokes. In my 28 years of live I have yet to come across an artichoke dish I did not enjoy. Whether it be fresh, jarred, or frozen I love to eat artichokes. One of my favorite artichoke recipes happens to be an Artichoke dip. So please forgive me and understand that I my opinion is biased, but this is the best dip you will ever taste.
Unlike some Artichoke Dip this one is very basic but flavorful. My mom originally received this recipe from her late friend Stacy. What I love most about recipes from family members or friends is how they remind us of that person and the memories we shared, especially if that person has passed away. Each time I make this recipe, or eat it at one of my parent’s houses, I immediately think of Stacy. She was a unique, eccentric woman who dared to be different.
Okay now that I have shared a history of this recipe it is time I share the actually recipe. As I mentioned it is extremely simple. To begin gather the following ingredients:
- 1 Jar of Marinated Artichoke Hearts
- 1 Cup of Mayonnaise
- 1 Cup Parmesan cheese
- 4oz Dice Green Chilies
Start by dicing the artichoke hearts and placing them into a medium saucepan. If your artichoke hearts are quarters, or if you are using a Crock-pot to warm the dip, feel free to skip this step. Trust me I have several times and it tastes the same. The artichoke hearts I had were full and therefore needed a little dicing.
Next add a 4oz can of diced green chilies, mayonnaise, and parmesan cheese to the saucepan. See, simple. Over medium heat warm up the mixture. Remember to occasionally stir the mixture, you know to not set off the fire alarm. Okay I am teasing, but obviously burning the dip would result in a recipe fail.
Once warmed serve with a nice cracker, such as a Triscuit, or a tortilla chip.