We interrupt this blog for #MarchMadness

We have lots of teams to root for in this house — my husband’s alma mater, my two alma maters, and the school I work for. So far, two of them are still in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, so there’s lots of cheering going on right now. Here’s one of my favorite appetizers, based on Olive Garden’s spinach artichoke dip. I’ve tried a lot of them, but this one is the perfect combination of spinach and cheese without seeming too leafy or gooey. I love it with raw veggies, baguette pieces, tortilla chips or crackers. With toasted pita wedges, though, it’s downright sinful.

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Copycat Olive Garden Spinach Artichoke Dip

1          c. canned artichoke hearts or frozen artichoke hearts, chopped well

8          oz. cream cheese

½        c. frozen spinach, thawed & chopped well

½        c. grated parmesan cheese

½        tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

¼         tsp. salt

⅛        tsp. garlic powder

Boil spinach and artichoke hearts in 1 c. of water in small saucepan over medium heat until tender, about 10 mins.; drain. Heat cream cheese in small bowl in microwave set on high for 1 min. Add spinach and artichoke hearts to the cream cheese and stir well. Add remaining ingredients and stir well; reheat as needed. Serve hot with toasted bread, tortilla chips, and/or crackers.

Bon apetit! And GOOO MEMPHIS TIGERS!!!

memphis tigers fansThe husband and I watching the 2008 Memphis vs. UCLA game.

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