Hosting a party this holiday season? Decking the halls and hauling the holly are more than enough to keep you busy, but the real work begins when it’s time to start preparing the food. Appetizers may feel like casual food, but hours can go into making it all appear so effortless. Hors d’oeuvres that are complicated or time-consuming to prepare may feel like the price of party perfection, but can quickly lead to party prep burnout.
Want to put out a killer spread without feeling like curling up under the coats as soon as the party has begun? Simplify! Basic recipes using fresh ingredients can provide the same bang for your buck without the stress.
This party classic is a snap to prepare and puts a favorite cool-season crop front and center. Fresh spinach, bell peppers and artichoke hearts go for a dip in a creamy blend of sour cream and Parmesan cheese. Baked to bubbly perfection, this hot dip is a fresh and flavorful appetizer that doesn’t take long to prepare, leaving you plenty of time to hang the mistletoe, egg the nog, jingle the bells or whatever else needs to be done before the festivities get underway.
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
8 cups fresh spinach, chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 cups artichoke hearts, chopped
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
Sift together Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
Add spinach, bell peppers, garlic, artichoke hearts, sour cream and heavy cream and stir to fully combine.
Transfer dip into a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish and bake in a 350 degree
oven for 25-30 minutes.
Serve with crackers.