Friday, April 23, 2021

Artichoke Heart Appetizer from @MaddieDayAuthor #giveaway

 MADDIE here with an easy, yummy appetizer.

We actually had guests over last weekend, two other fully vaccinated couples. We all agreed hearty appetizers and drinks were better than a full dinner. I had a can of artichoke bottoms in the pantry, and I always have eggs and cheese in the fridge, so artichoke frittata it was!

Artichoke Bottom Frittata


1 tablespoon oil

4 eggs

6 soda crackers broken up

1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded

1 can (14 ounces) artichokes hearts in water, drained and roughly chopped

9 green onions, diced

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Oil a square 8” x 8” pan

Beat the eggs. 

Add all the other ingredients (except oil) and mix. Spoon into pan. (See how easy it is?)

Bake at 325 degrees 35-40 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting. 

Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy! Large pieces would also be great for dinner with a green salad.

Readers: What's your favorite appetizer to serve - or eat? I'll send one lucky commenter a signed ARC of No Grater Crime.

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Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. My favorite appetizer is fried calamari.

  2. My all time fave appetizer was at a small restaurant that is sadly long gone now. They had the best artichoke dip. I've never been able to find a recipe that comes close. Most recipes call for cheese and to be served hot, but this one was cold and not gooey at all. zukeeper.geo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Thank you for the recipe. Saved to my Pinterest file.

    Jalapeño Popper Dip
    1 4 oz can diced jalapenos, well drained OR 4-6 fresh jalapenos, roasted and diced (include seeds if you like it really spicy)
    1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
    1 cup sour cream
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    ¾ cup shredded parmesan cheese
    1 cup Panko bread crumbs
    4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
    ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
    1 tablespoon fresh parsley
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    With a mixer on medium, combine cream cheese, garlic powder and sour cream until fluffy.
    Add cheddar cheese, ¾ cup parmesan cheese, and diced jalapenos, mix well.
    Spread into an 8x8 baking dish.
    Combine bread crumbs, melted butter, ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese, and parsley.
    Sprinkle the crumb topping over the cream cheese mixture.
    Bake 15-20 minutes, or until hot and breadcrumbs are golden brown.
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  4. I even it when someone serves cold cooked shrimp as an appetizer
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  5. Not really a fan of appetizers. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  6. I like jalapeno poppers or extra large cold boiled shrimp with cocktail sauce as appetizers.

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  7. i love mini spinach pies. thanks for the chance to win

  8. My family likes devilled eggs.

  9. thank you for sharing this recipe. I love jalapeno poppers. I love cheese and fruit platter
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  10. I love guacamole which isn’t exactly an appetizer because I can make it a meal. I guess most often it’s just a salad.

  11. Yum--this looks great! And guess who happens to have some artichoke hearts in the pantry!

  12. I enjoy spinach artichoke dip either served on crackers or bread!

  13. Cheese sticks or nachos to eat. Thanks for the chance.

  14. I love artichokes, but have never tried cooking with them. Love the simplicity of this recipe! Might have to pick up some jarred artichoke hearts to give it a try.

    1. Be careful to get the plain, not marinated ones.
      They would throw the whole flavor profile!

  15. my favorite is nachos. I never had artichokes. Thanks for the chance!

  16. My husband is an avid artichoke eater. Thanks for a recipe that will make him really happy, Edith!

  17. Fave apps are artichoke bars, dips & spreads (esp. with jalapenos) and anything with shrimp or crab. lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  18. Artichoke hearts are great. Marinated, they are a flavor punch. Plain, they are a stealth texture and taste bomb.
    I added them last night to a dish with lentils and chickpeas in a garlicy yogurt sauce, served over pasta.
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  19. My favorite appetizer is spinach dip. My friend makes the spinach dip.

  20. My favorite is one I adapted from a recipe on The Kitchen a couple years ago- crescent rolls laid out in a wreath shape, where they did a ham and cheese filling I did pizza toppings with extra pizza sauce for dipping.

  21. My favorite is artichoke spinach dip with pimento and waterchestnuts added. Served in a hollowed out pumpernickel bread bowl. Use hollowed pieces for dippong

  22. I love spinach and artichoke dip. I also love fried zucchini with horse radish sauce.

  23. My favorite appetizers to serve are seasonal. Fresh peas from the pod and a glass of white wine, or bruschetta with a glass of white wine are both great. They are so fresh and full of flavor but with little fuss.
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  24. I like spinach and artichoke dip.

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    1. Linda, you are the lucky winner! Congratulations, and please check your email.

  25. I love artichoke hearts and I'm always looking for new recipes to use them. This looks great. We also had a vaccinated couple over for an outdoor dinner and it was lovely!

  26. I love a blooming onion appetizer. JL_Minter at hotmail dot com

  27. Linda Kish is our lucky winner! Congratulations, Linda, and please check your email.

    Thanks to all for these yummy appetizer suggestions.