Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip

Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip        
Secret Recipes  pg 188

1 cup chopped artichoke hearts (canned or frozen and thawed)
½ cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
8 oz. cream cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp garlic powder
Dash ground pepper

On the Side
Crackers
Chips
Sliced, toasted bread

    Boil the spinach and artichoke hearts in a cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes.  Drain in a colander when done.
    Heat the cream cheese in a small bowl in the microwave set on high for 1 minute.  Or, use a saucepan to heat the cheese over medium heat just until hot.
    Add the spinach and artichoke hearts to the cream cheese and stir well.
    Add the remaining ingredients to the cream cheese and combine.  Serve hot with crackers, chips or toasted bread for dipping.



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