Featured Recipe: Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Here is the first of many recipes I plan to share on my blog. I have made this dip several times, and it’s always been a great hit. Hope you enjoy it.

Artichoke and Spinach Dip [Recipe Courtesy of Emeril Lagasse]

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 cup flour 2 cups milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese (about 2 ounces)
1 cup chopped onions
1 (10-ounce) bag of fresh spinach, stemmed, rinsed and chopped
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 cans of artichoke hearts, julienned
Salt and cayenne 10-15 small corn tortillas, cut into fourths
Vegetable oil for frying

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Preheat the fryer. Combine 1/4 cup of the vegetable oil and flour, in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir the mixture constantly for 5 to 6 minutes for a blond roux. Whisk in the milk and bring the liquid up to a boil. Season the liquid with salt and cayenne. Simmer the liquid for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the liquid is thick and coats the back of a spoon. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the cheeses. Set the sauce aside. In a sauti pan, heat the remaining vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions and sauti for 2 minutes. Stir in handfuls of spinach at a time, until all the spinach is incorporated. Add the garlic and artichoke and sauti for 2 minutes. Season the vegetables with salt and cayenne. Remove the vegetables from the heat and turn into a mixing bowl. Fold the Bechamel sauce into the vegetables. Turn the mixture into a baking pan. Bake the dip for 10-15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Fry the tortilla chips, batches at a time, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until the chips are golden and crispy. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper-lined plate. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the chips with the dip

Yield: about 8 servings

Difficulty: Easy

NOTE: Making your own chips is optional. I usually serve this with corn chips or even in a bread bowl. Yummy!

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