Recipe: Artichoke Lemon Dip

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Artichoke Lemon Dip 

Holiday entertaining is coming up and time to pull out some of my favorite recipes. Artichoke dip of any kind is one of my weaknesses. I often make a hot version that’s loaded with shrimp and melted Swiss cheese for Thanksgiving (the leftovers are great the next day on a turkey sandwich). This lemony version is also one of my favorites. It’s a cool lemony version that mixes up fast in a food processor and can be made well ahead, up to a day or two in advance. 

2 jars marinated artichoke hearts

1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, room temp

½ cup sour cream

zest and juice of 1 lemon

½ cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

freshly ground coarse black pepper

1 package pita bread (6 rounds)

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil 

Add the artichokes, cream cheese, sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley & pepper in the bowl of a food processor and pulse till almost smooth. Some larger bits are fine. Place in a serving bowl and refrigerate, covered till ready to serve. 

Prior to serving preheat oven to 350 degrees. Tear the pita bread into dipping size pieces and spread on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with the parmesan cheese and bake about 7 minutes till crisp and lightly brown.

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