Recipe: Artichoke Bread

by Cate on January 19, 2010

Artichoke Bread-1

Remember last week when Artichoke Bread was on the weekly Menu Plan?  Well, with Madeline getting sick, and us glued to each other for a solid week, those plans quickly fell by the wayside as I made my way through using up contents of the fridge and freezer instead.  Today, however, the recipe for the Artichoke Bread resurfaced and hit the dinner table.  My parents came over for dinner, and since I know my Mom likes artichokes, it’s a safe bet that I wouldn’t have a ton leftover at the end of the night.  I don’t mind leftovers, but after the third or fourth day, I’m kinda over them.

This recipe reminds me a lot of the Stuffed Garlic Bread that I have made tons of times before.  That one is a particular favorite of The Neighbors too, but there’s usually a good-natured complaint or two about all the chopping you have to do for the recipe.  It isn’t that much, but it does take a few extra minutes.  This one is like that recipe with way less work.  Don’t you just love a new recipe that might make quicker work of an older more time-consuming recipe?  Wait, that’s just me?  Say it ain’t so.

Interestingly enough, this one starts with those refrigerated French Bread tubes from Pillsbury, but I don’t see why you couldn’t use any loaf of French Bread from the bakery section of your grocery store if you wanted to swap that out.  Once you have the bread, mix six ingredients in a bowl (four if you forget two, like I did; clearly I was distracted), spread it on the cut-open French Bread and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Your reward?  A nice starter or side to a meal that is creamy and cheesy and downright delicious.  My two pieces of this might mean a few extra laps at the gym tomorrow night, but all in good taste.  And just to bring it home a bit more for those artichoke haters out there, my Dad had several of these pieces (I think I might have spied four total on his plate during the course of dinner) and he doesn’t like artichokes.  Go figure.

Project 365
January 19, 2010, Photo #19

Chilling with Bo Bo

As you can see, my parents’ dog, Beauregard, adheres strongly to the No Dogs on the Couch rule in the house, as well as Eli does.  He’s the one that taught Eli all about the comforts of the couch.  To the point that if someone is on the couch, Beau will bark until they either move over or get off.  Clearly Madeline thinks he’s on to something, although Beau wasn’t about to share the couch with her.

Artichoke Bread
Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home

1 tube (11 oz.) refrigerated crusty French loaf (I used Pillsbury)
1 can (14 oz.) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and chopped
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs (I forgot to add)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup reduced-fat mayo
2 garlic cloves, minced (I forgot to add)
1 cup (4 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Bake loaf according to package directions; cool.  Cut bread in half lengthwise; place on an ungreased baking sheet.

In a small bowl, combine the artichokes, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, mayo and garlic; spread evenly over cut sides of bread.  Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Slice and serve warm.

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Megan January 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Wow! This sounds amazing. Reminds me of spinach-artichoke dip, minus the spinach and already on bread so you don’t have to bother with the dipping. I bet it’s absolutely delicious!

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Sarah Caron January 20, 2010 at 12:27 am

Mmm, that’s a different recipe than I make, but it sounds really delish. I haven’t made any special breads like this in forever …

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Joanne January 20, 2010 at 7:11 am

Artichokes and cheese…on bread. Sounds genius! You could also probably through some tomato sauce into the mix and have yourself an artichoke pizza.

That is one dignified looking dog! It’s about fifty times Maddie’s size.

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Casey January 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I’ve made a dip like this before, but without the mozzarella. It’s fabulous. The bread looks even better!

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Dayngr January 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I adore all things artichoke and tho’ it’s been FOREVER since I commented I just HAD to tell you I can’t wait to try this and I look forward to more recipes including artichokes. I adore them!

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Kate @ Savour Fare January 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

This is one of those recipes that makes me say ARTICHOKE BREAD? Where has this been my whole life? Also, I want some for lunch.

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mandy January 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm

This is making me wish I had artichoke hearts on hand to bake this. RIGHT. NOW.

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Natasha - 5 Star Foodie January 21, 2010 at 12:19 am

The artichoke bread sounds so very good! I would love to try it!

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Ramona January 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Kinda reminds me of an artichoke dip, but with the dipper already added on.

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Laura January 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

oooohh….I have frozen artichokes in the freezer.I can’t wait to try it!

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Magda January 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Darn it! I just went to the store and I don’t have artichokes!! I must go back later and make these tonight. No way I’ll forget the garlic, though…my favorite veggie..he he

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