cheesy artichoke bread

artichoke bread

As appetizers go, they don’t get much simpler than this. I have been meaning to make artichoke dip for, I don’t know, my whole life now. I just never seem to get around to it. Maybe i should rename this blog to “things I never get around to making” as there seem to be so many of them….

ANYWAY…. this easy-peasy appetizer gives you that delicious artichoke-dip flavor in a fast and easy topping instead. I used canned artichokes, seasoning-free and oil-free, you could steam your own if you prefer fresh. As always, Trader Joes is a pretty solid bet. I read once somewhere that Trader Joe’s is the only supermarket that has no BPA in their can linings, so that’s an added bonus if you’re worried about those types of things. Oh, “how was the bread,” you ask?

Deeelicious. I cut the bread into bite-size squares and served them alongside a fresh cara cara cocktail and BF and I had ourselves our very own “happy hour” in the comfort of our own home. Between the great flavor, and how quickly you can whip it up, this one’s definitely a keeper.

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Cheesy Artichoke Bread

[ Printable Recipe ]

serving size depends on the size of your baguettes  – this recipe can easily be scaled up and down to suit the number of people you’re serving.

  • 2 french baguettes
  • 2 – 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 14-ounce can of artichokes in water, drained and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs (optional)
  • fresh parsley for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the baguettes in half lengthwise and brush or drizzle with the olive oil. Equally distribute the minced garlic and chopped artichoke hearts.

Top each with a good handful of cheese, about 1/3 cup each. Sprinkle on a few breadcrumbs for extra crispness (not required).

Bake for 8 minutes, then heat the broiler and broil for 2 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Adapted from Pinterest

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