This recipe has evolved through generations to satisfy my family's fondness for artichokes. I enjoy preparing this for casual suppers as well as special-occasion dinners.—Roberta Green, Hemet, California
"A friend agreed to repair some plumbing in exchange for a home-cooked dinner, but he showed up before I could shop for groceries," explains Lisa Robisch of Cincinatti, Ohio. "A can of artichokes in the pantry inspired me to combine a favorite hot dip recipe with a chicken bake. The results were so delicious, he said he'd rush over anytime."
One bite of the delicious rice recipe our Test Kitchen concocted and you're bound to have a passion for paella. Colorful and filling, it makes a good hearty side dish or meatless entree. Paella is ideal potluck and party food, too.
"When it comes to pleasing a crowd at a picnic or other summer gathering, this colorful pasta and veggie salad does the trick," say Taunja Roberts of Amity, Oregon. "My good fried Melody created this terrific recipe and shared it with me.
My mom's deep-fried rice balls, flavored with traditional Italian cheeses, make a hearty main dish. She serves them with her special spaghetti sauce - my favorite - featuring ground beef and artichoke hearts.
-Concetta Maranto Skenfield, Bakersfield, California
No one will ever suspect that this creamy party classic is lower in fat than the much loved original. The combination of artichoke hearts, spinach and Parmesan cheese gives it great flavor.
—Michelle Wentz of Fort Polk, Louisiana
This open-faced egg and artichoke melts are a favorite at Jill Gross' home in Roselle, Illinois. "The Dijon mustard adds a nice zip, making them more exciting than plain grilled cheese," she says. "When my husband can't make it home for dinner, I treat myself to this sandwich instead of making a whole meal."
Turkey sausage, tomatoes and a host of tasty toppings crown JoAnn Brass' deep-dish-pleaser. "My husband and I re-created the Chicago-style pizza we'd always enjoyed in restaurants," she notes from Glendale, Arizona.