Saturday, January 22, 2011

Game Day-Artichoke Bruschetta

Okay,there are a  few big games this weekend,so let's make something for those get-togethers going on across the country.This is a great appetizer,and can be partially made in advance,so it is great for entertaining.
1 baguette
1 14oz. can of artichoke hearts
3/4 c.mayonnaise
1 c. parmesan,grated(the good stuff,not the stuff in the green conainer!)
1 clove of garlic,minced
1/8 tsp.tabasco
1/4 tsp.worcestershire sauce

   Slice the baguette into 1 inch slices and place on a baking sheet.I like to brush the slices with a little olive oil,but this is not required.Bake the slices at 350 degrees for about two minutes.Remove from the oven.
Drain the artichokes and discard the liquid.Chop them into smaller pieces.Mix artichokes together with all of the remaining ingredients.Place about 1 tbsp. of the artichoke mixture on top of each baguette slice.Sprinkle a bit more parmesan on top.Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10-15 minutes.They should be lightly browned on top.
   If you prefer,the artichoke mixture may be placed in a baking dish and baked alone at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes,then served with toasted baguette slices or crackers on the side.I do it as shown above to avoid those pesky double-dippers!!!
***I use parmigiano reggiano,because it is the best.
***To make ahead,toast the bread slices one day ahead,and store in an airtight container.Make the artichoke mixture 1-2 days ahead and keep wrapped tightly in the refrigerator.Assemble & bake right before serving.

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