Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bread Bites

The other day I was trying to come up with an appetizer for my monthly bunco night. I was craving a spinach artichoke dip ... the yummy, cheesy kind that I tend to eat all too much of whenever it's placed in front of me! Hmmm ... maybe if I could find a way to make a bite size version, I would not eat the entire bowl.

Now don't get me wrong, this recipe is in no way dietetic or healthy, but at least there's a little portion control involved. Anyway, I decided to take my grandmother's famous cheesy bread recipe, throw in some chopped spinach and artichoke, top it on sliced baguette pieces, and broil it for a few minutes. The result, ahhhhmazing!!! Unfortunately, I still ate more than my share. But I was thrilled to come up with a simple, crowd pleasing recipe! This is the perfect recipe for friends over for football, a holiday party, or just because you too are craving some spinach artichoke dip :)

By the way, you can make the spread ahead of time (up to 48 hours) and spread it on the bread right before you are ready to broil it. This really is an all around fabulous recipe!

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bread Bites
A Simple Spice Original, inspired by Grandma Caroline

1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh spinach
1/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts
1 baguette, sliced on a bias

In a medium sized bowl, mix together mayonnaise, Parmesan, spinach, and artichoke until combined. Spread a generous dollop of the mixture evenly over each slice of bread. Place bread slices on a cookie sheet and place under the broiler (on high) for 3-5 minutes. Be sure to watch it closely as it broils, because it can burn quickly. Remove from the broiler as soon the cheese mixture becomes golden and bubbly. Serve immediately.
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