Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Copycat Applebee's Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

1 (10 oz.) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
1 cup shredded parmesan-romano cheese mix
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
10 oz. prepared alfredo sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
4 oz. softened cream cheese
pepper (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Combine ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and spread mixture into a small baking dish (8X8 works well)
3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheeses are bubbling and melted.
4. Serve with chips or bread and enjoy.

Melba's note: I made this on Sunday for our Superbowl party and it was a hit! Sammie and I think it tasted a lot like the restaurant's. (and we would know, we order way too much of it!)
By the way, let me explain why I would be throwing a Superbowl party and cooking food for it. It seems to go against everything I believe in and stand for. When Sammie and I were dating, he took me to a Superbowl party and it was a really negative experience. Since then, we've agreed that the Superbowl is not about the football, but an excuse to get friends together. So, we purposely try to make it a fun night with good friends and good food and a little bit of football. (Great game for the Giants, by the way!)

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