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Nutty Artichoke Spread

 Nutty Artichoke Spread
I keep a can of artichoke hearts in my pantry so I can quickly make my signature appetizer at a moment's notice. I find wheat or whole grain crackers nicely complements the artichoke. Everyone likes this warm spread.—Susan Kruspe, Shortsville, New York
32 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and quartered
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice and onion. Stir
  • in the artichokes, cheese, pecans and bacon. Spoon into a greased
  • 9-in. pie plate.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve
  • with crackers. Yield: 4 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers) equals 80 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 117 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.