Thursday, January 7, 2010

Layered Italian Spread

I needed an appetizer to take to a gathering the other night, so I shuffled through some recipes I had saved trying to find something I could make with what I already had because I didn't want to go to the store. I found this one at the Pillsbury site. I changed this up quite a bit and can't really tell you how the original one would be, it was very inspirational though.

Layered Italian Spread

1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
1pkt of Italian dressing mix
1c. chopped marinated artichoke hearts
1c. Parmesan cheese
1c. chopped Genoa salami
2c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4c. sliced green olives
1/4c. sliced black olives

Heat oven to 375

Process the beans, 1/4c. parm cheese, and 1T. of the dressing mix in food processor until smooth.
Spread in the bottom of a 4c. baking dish.
Sprinkle 1/4c. parm cheese over that.
Layer on the artichokes, then the salami.
Sprinkle with the remaining parm cheese, then the mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle 1T. of the dressing mix over the top.
Bake uncovered for 25 min. turn oven down to 350 and continue baking for 10 more minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle the 2 kinds of olives on top. Serve hot with baguette slices.

This was pretty thick so I don't think the wonton chips would have cut it. But it was TASTY, everyone loved it and I know I will be making it again.

Now for a good dose of chocolate, I got the recipe for these brownies over on My Tasty Treasures. These quick easy from scratch brownies, were so GOOD, I will never use a box mix again, EVER. I changed them up by adding mint flavoring instead of vanilla then drizzled with a green mint glaze. If you want the recipe you need to go over the Donna's Blog, she has it. And trust me when I tell you that you really need to make these, they are the perfect brownie.


blueviolet said...

Really? They're that good! Ok. I believe you and I'm going to make them. I like the way you minted them fave.

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Matty said...

Well, I can't say that I like the looks of that dish, but the brownies? YES.

Nonna Beach said...

I usually don't like artichokes but with our Italian family, that would make a nice change from the regular antipasto we serve before the main part of the for the brownies...2 of my fav flavors together is awesome !

Holly said...

My friend is the brownie queen, and as much as I like to bake, I have never made from scratch brownies...she was trying to convince me...made I should!

kys said...

Mmmmmmm. Mint chocolate brownines. You know I'm on this weight loss plan, right?

Lissaloo said...

Nonna- I had a few ladies that don't care for Artichokes try this and they couldn't tell they were in there :)

Holly- These are just as easy as a box mix and so much better :)

kys- These are fat free, did I forget to mention that? ;)

Monica H said...

Those brownies caught my attention when I saw them on Donna's blog. Now I really want to make them!

Matty said...

I made the brownies last week. But without the mint. They were delicious. Better than out of a box. You were right!!

Thank you!!!

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