It’s the big game day!
And all I’ve been thinking about for the last two weeks is what to ADD to our annual Super Bowl spread (as well as what to delete) to keep variety, that good old ‘spice of life’ into the traditional mix.
Cheesy Artichoke and Garlic Bread with a blend of four Italian cheeses was my top choice to add this year. I experienced my first bite of this bread at a friend’s party back in 2000. I absolutely fell in love with this amazingly delicious cheesy, garlicy bread! Any recipe with artichokes gets me every time and this recipe is at the top of my unforgettable recipes. Thank goodness she shared her recipe with me, which I’ve tweaked (quite) a bit.
If you like artichoke dip, then you’ll flip over this cheesy bread! Chunks of yummy artichoke hearts mixed in a plethora of cheeses and garlic, then baked to a melted, bubbly concoction of golden cheesy perfection . . . inside a loaf of Italian bread baked to a nice crispiness on the outside, yet soft and moist on the inside.
This year we’re just having a small gathering in front of the tube, so I decided to eliminate the Italian Sausage and Pepper Sammies that we’ve had in previous years. We always include our hot and spicy “Some like It Hot’ Chili”, as well as our awesome Guacamole that was chosen as one of Foodista’s best recipes for Guacamole. We added some baked buffalo chicken wings, a sausage queso dip with mini peppers for dipping, and from my archives dated back to 1979, a veggie dip that has withstood the test of time (all recipes will be in upcoming posts)!
I hope you try this Cheesy Artichoke and Garlic Bread and check out the recipes for our Super Bowl spread too.
What did you add to your Super Bowl feast this year? I’d love to know for future parties. Leave a link too so I can find it on your blogs!
Excuse me while I go pig out a bit . . . hey, it’s the Super Bowl!
What You Need:
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 - 2 (14-oz) cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (use what you like, but at least use a minimum of one can)
- 3 - 4 large cloves of fresh garlic, minced
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 3 large cloves of fresh garlic, minced
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup Mozzarella cheese (or ½ cup Italian blend cheese), shredded
- ½ cup Fontina cheese, shredded
- ½ cup sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 4 oz. mascarpone cheese (Italian cream cheese)
- 1 tsp. freshly ground sea salt
- 1 loaf Italian bread, the top sliced off, lengthwise
- Garnish: minced green onion stems
- Slowly and gently heat the olive oil.
- Add garlic and green onions, sauté for a few minutes, do not burn the garlic.
- Add all of the remaining ingredients (except the bread).
- Heat until all ingredients are hot and blended together.
- Slice the top of the bread off, lengthwise, but not completely in half.
- Scoop out a "little bit" of the interior bread (save to use and dip into artichoke mixture).
- Pour the artichoke-cheese mixture into the bread shell.
- Bake on the bottom rack of oven until it begins to turn golden brown and bubbly.
- Broil for only 1 or 2 minutes (still on the bottom rack).
- Keep a close watch on this so that it does not burn.
- Remove from the oven.
- Allow to set for about 10 minutes to allow the heated cheese to harden up a bit, so that it's not runny.
- Garnish with minced green onion stems.
- Slice and serve!
- Can be made ahead and wrapped in aluminum foil and kept in the oven on low to keep warm!
Game Day Appetizers:
- Honey Mustard Pretzel Crunch from Shockingly Delicious
- Salt and Vinegar Wings from Casa de Crews
- Saucy Wings and Thighs from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Macaroni and Cheese Spring Rolls from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Steak Rolls from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Alpine Sliders from Manu’s Menu
- Hellfire Wings from Yours and Mine Are Ours
- Easy Nacho Bar from Momma’s Meals
- Jalapeno Popper Taquitos from Curious Cuisiniere
- Skinny Game Day Guacamole Potato Skins from Daily Dish Recipes
- Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups from Alida’s Kitchen
- Spinach-Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers from La Cocina de Leslie
- BBQ Veggie Mini Burgers from Happy Baking Days
- Spicy Roasted Corn Shrimp Dip from Food Lust People Love
- Honey-Sriracha Pigs in a Blanket from Hip Foodie Mom
- Beer Cheese Fondue from Melanie Makes
- Cheesy Artichoke and Garlic Bread from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizza Bites from Meal Planning Magic
- Personal Chili Pots from MealDiva
- Italian Spring Rolls from Noshing with The Nolands
- Mexican Meatballs with Queso Blanco from Cooking on the Ranch
- Parmigiano Crisps from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Buffalo Chicken Potstickers from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Mediterranean Nachos from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Chinese Barbecue Wings from girlichef
- Mini Veggie Quesadillas from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Roasted Tomato Hummus from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Cashew Baba Ghanoush : Roasted Eggplant Dip from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip Potato Skins from Family Foodie
- Lemon Bay Pan Roasted Shrimp from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure
- Honey Sesame Seed Crackers from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Game Day Entrees:
- Super Sloppy Joes from The Foodie Army Wife
- Buffalo Chicken Chili from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Mini Meatball and Mozzarella Sandwiches from Cookin’ Mimi
- Super Bowl Bento from Ninja Baking
- Vegetarian “Chorizo” and Black Bean Chili from Foxes Love Lemons
- Twice Baked Chili Cheese Potatoes from Neighborfood
- Barbecue Chicken Sloppy Sandwiches from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Easy Vegetarian Chili from Delaware Girl Eats
- Game Day Chili from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Dr. Pepper Turkey Chili from The Texan New Yorker
Game Day Desserts:
- Heavenly Hash Cookies from The Foodie Patootie
- Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Streusel Bars from Magnolia Days
- Coffee Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Squares from Desserts Required
- Microwave Caramel Popcorn from Pies and Plots
- Mini Coconut Cups from Basic N Delicious
- Triple Chocolate S’mores Brownies from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Cracker Jack Candy from What Smells So Good?
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