Fall is here and this season calls for warmer bites and classic comfort foods. Spinach & Artichoke al Forno is a classic Italian appetizer – great for parties and can be prepared in advance and reheated. Traditionally it is served with crostini or crackers, but you can also try sliced vegetables or pita chips for the calorie conscious. And here’s a little food trivia: al forno is an Italian term describing food that is “at or from the oven.”
2 Cups canned artichokes, drained and rinsed
2 Cups sautéed spinach, drained and chopped into ¼” pieces
3 Tbsp olive oil
¼ Cup sun-dried tomatoes, rough chop
2 Cups Asiago cheese, shredded
½ Cups scallions, sliced
1 Cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place artichokes, tomatoes, spinach and scallions in a large mixing bowl with Asiago cheese, cream and olive oil. Mix with a spatula until all ingredients are combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread the filling evenly into a lightly greased oven-proof dish and sprinkle with Parmesan. Place dish in the center of the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until center reaches 165 degrees. Serve with your choice of bread, crackers, vegetables or chips.
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