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I love bite sized appetizers when it comes to holiday gathering or for family get together. As Holidays are busiest times of the year, you need a quick and easy appetizer or snack for the party menu. These Spiced artichoke spinach cups are a perfect appetizer. It will be hard for you stop at one cup. I made this appetizer to be served with smartwater sparkling.
smartwater sparkling is not your average sparkling water, it is vapor distilled with electrolytes for taste. I found that it is the perfect beverage for entertaining. You can buy smartwater sparkling from your local Randalls store. I like to shop at Randalls as they have great collection of produce and other items.
As holiday season is fast approaching I thought it would be great to share an easy, affordable and mouth-watering appetizer. For this recipe, if you prefer, you are welcome to use fresh spinach, I decide to take a shortcut route and used frozen spinach. It has the same flavor and value and is inexpensive; I also used canned artichoke hearts. Both spinach and artichoke make a good combo when it combines with sour cream, cheeses. Yes I used Italian blend cheese mix of mozzarella, parmesan, Provolone and Romano with extra parmesan and mozzarella. I spiced it with chipotle pepper and cumin powder as I know both works perfectly in curries. Also used store crescent dough. After all you need an easy appetizer. Mix all the ingredients and place it in crescent dough and bake it voila and you get a great tasty appetizer in no time.
This spicy note in the bite size spiced artichoke spinach cups is perfectly matched with fizzy smartwater sparkling. Spiced Artichoke spinach cups recipe can be doubled or tripled depending upon your requirements, this recipe makes about 20 bite sized treats. Make sure to grab a bottle of smartwater sparkling (which comes in 1L and half L bottles) to go with it. Holidays are meant for sharing and giving, I think you all will agree.
Here comes the easy, quick appetizer and those too made in less than 25 minutes make sure to shop at Randalls store to get smartwater sparkling for your holiday party.
Spiced Artichoke spinach cups
- 4 oz cream cheese
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ½ teaspoon chipotle pepper
- ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- ¾ cup Italian blend cheese
- ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 10 oz frozen spinach drained and thawed,
- 1 can of artichoke hearts
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tube of crescent dough
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, chipotle pepper, ground cumin, cheeses, Parmesan, artichokes, spinach, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Flour your work surface, roll out crescent dough, and pinch seams together. Cut into 20 squares. Place squares into muffin tin slots and spoon 1 tablespoon of filling into the dough. Then top with mozzarella.
- Bake until pastry becomes golden in color and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.
- Enjoy and serve with smartwater sparkling
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This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.