Wednesday, December 28, 2011
artichoke cheese squares
I have always loved these. They are soft, savory, tangy and just down-right. My mom used to make them for all sorts of special occasions when I was a kid- baby showers, bridal showers, etc. When she made them I always got one and only one before she was off to the event. One artichoke cheese square? One? I was always so disappointed. So this time I ate half the pan as an appetizer before dinner and since my kids don't care for them I ate a few more at 2am when I couldn't fall back to sleep. Now that I'm the mom I can have as many as I want.
artichoke cheese squares (my mom)
2 jars marinated artichoke hearts
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon oregano
dash hot sauce
1/2 pound grated Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Drain the marinade from one jar of the artichokes into a large skillet. Drain and discard the marinade from the second jar. Chop the artichokes and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook and stir until the onion is tender then add the artichokes. Beat the eggs in a bowl and add the crumbs, salt, pepper, oregano, and onion mixture. Stir in the hot sauce, grated cheese and parsley. Turn into a 7x11-inch greased baking dish. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool in them pan then cut into 2-inch squares.