All Cheesed Up Artichoke Dip

Hello folks, and welcome back to the All Things Southern kitchen.  Pardon me while I get something out of my system…Who Dat?!!!

Yep! It’s football time and that means snack food around these parts. That goes without saying. I’m sharing my All Cheesed Up Artichoke Dip today and you’re going to love it!

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Lean in close and I’ll walk y’all through it.

All Cheesed Up Artichoke Dip

1 8 ounce cream cheese
1/2 cup mayo
14 ounces marinated artichoke hearts
3 green onions diced
1 cup Monterey jack cheese
5 ounce package of Frigo’s 3 Cheese Italian (grated Parmesan, Asiago, and Romano)
Dash of hot sauce
Salt and pepper

 

We’ll begin by taking our food processor and blending an ounce package of cream cheese with a 1/2 cup of mayo. (Most artichoke dips have more mayo in them, but not mine. Trust me. It’s better this way.)

Now, we’ll add our marinated artichoke hearts– fourteen ounces, several diced green onions and our other cheeses. (No need to chop the artichoke, the food processor will do it for you.) I’m using a cup of grated Monterey Jack and a five ounce package of Frigo’s 3 Cheese Italian with — that’d be grated Parmesan, Asiago, and Romano. If anyone’s counting, (and really, why would you?) that’s five cheeses! And the combination of those flavors is what makes this off the charts delicious!

Just season with a dash of hot sauce. Salt and pepper it to taste and spoon it into a small 5×5 or 6×6 baking dish that you’ve prepared with cooking spray.

We’ll bake it at 350 for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and bubbly and knock it out with chips, crackers, or veggie slices. UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMUMMMMM!

Enjoy my All Cheesed Up Artichoke Dip, y’all. It’s good eating, from the All Things Southern kitchen to yours~

Hugs,
Shellie

Baked Eggplant with Garlic Cheese Topping

Hello folks and welcome back!  We’re making Baked Eggplant with Garlic Cheese in the All Things Southern kitchen today. My man hasn’t been a big fan of eggplant in the past but this recipe has changed his mind.

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“Baked Eggplant with Garlic Cheese Topping”

1 large eggplant
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
salt
1 cup cherry tomatoes
fresh basil
1 tablespoon pesto
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4 ounces garlic cheese

I’ve already trimmed the stem off our eggplant and halved it lengthwise. Then I took a knife and made slices in the pulp for the moisture to escape–like you might do with a pie crust.  I sprinkled both halves with salt and let ‘em rest a half hour or so. A bit of water will form on the top and we’ll blot it with a paper towel. Now, we’ll put our eggplants on a baking sheet, brush ‘em really well with olive oil and slide ‘em in a 400 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until they’re tender.

While our eggplant bakes, we’ll prepare the topping. I’ve got a couple tablespoons of chopped fresh basil and a cup of cherry tomatoes that I’ve diced. Now, we’ll grate four ounces of this garlic cheese. I’ve also taken a teaspoon of pesto and mixed it with a 1/2 teaspoon or so of balsamic vinegar. Once our eggplant is tender, we’ll cover them with the tomatoes, and drizzle ‘em with this pesto and vinegar.  We’ll layer our garlic cheese over it next and sprinkle with our chopped basil. Bake another 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is thoroughly melted!

I hope you enjoy my Baked Eggplant with Garlic Cheese Topping, folks. It’s good eating, from the All Things Southern kitchen to yours!

Hugo’s Famous Salad Dressing!

Hello folks and welcome back to the All Things Southern kitchen. I’ve got a very special recipe to share with y’all today, Hugo’s Famous Salad Dressing. Hugo was a fine Italian gentleman who used to run a restaurant in our home town, Lake Providence, LA. Hugo’s salad had a reputation all its own and today, and it was all due to his famous Famous Salad Dressing. That’s what I’m here to share with y’all. I found it in my late mother-in-law’s cookbook. How she got the secret out of Hugo, is anybody’s guess, but that’s another story. Let’s get cooking, or mixing as is the plan today!

“Hugo’s Famous Salad Dressing”

3 ounces garlic oil
3 ounces brown apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon crushed oregano
1 tablespoon crushed black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt

Folks, we’ll begin by washing our lettuce and setting it aside. Then we’ll take three ounces each of garlic oil and apple cider vinegar and combine ‘em in a glass jar with a tight lid. Note: You simply must use olive oil. If you can’t find it on your grocery shelf, I’d recommend mincing several garlic cloves into a jar of olive oil and letting it marinate for a few days! I snapped a pic of the olive oil I’ve been using that is delicious times two!

 

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Once we force our oil and vinegar to mix and mingle by shaking ‘em up really good, we’ll add two tablespoons of capers, one tablespoon each of crushed oregano and black pepper and a 1/2 tablespoon of salt.

Mix this all up really well and drizzle it generously over fresh lettuce. Top with green and black olives and a cubed tomato. Now, to be clear, that is Hugo’s Famous Salad Dressing. I like to add my own variations to the salad itself, like, like boiling a couple eggs to dice over it, adding homemade croutons, shredded parmesan, etc. I hope y’all enjoy Hugo’s Famous Salad Dressing! It’s good eating, from All Things Southern and the kitchen of the late Hugo Morara to yours!