Cooking from Denim to Lace, 598 pp.
by Alice Laue
Morris Press, Nebraska, 1990
Cooking on page 32
This ring-bound cookbook is from my home state of Nebraska. The author is related to a dear friend of mine. By chance, I have two copies—one for each of my daughters.
It has almost 600 pages, so I may return to it in future.
Page 32 also has a recipe for Beef Stroganoff Dip (sounds weird) and a quote at the bottom of the page—‘A gossip talks about others; a bore talks about himself; a brilliant person talks about you.’
Alice says this is good served with assorted vegetables or crackers, which is what I do with most dips.
Recipe—Hot artichoke dip
1 (10-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and towel-dried
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
5 to 6 drops Worcestershire sauce
1 to 2 drops Tabasco sauce
Chop artichoke hearts and mix well with mayonnaise and cheese. Blend in garlic, Worcestershire and Tabasco. Pour mixture into a greased 6 x 6 x 2-inch glass ovenproof dish. Bake at 350°F until bubbly. Serve on toast points or use as a dip with chips or crackers. Yield: 2 1/2 cups.
How it played out
Years ago, my friend and neighbour, Ronnie, taught me to make a very similar dip. Her recipe called for slightly less Parmesan (3/4 cup) and 1/4-1/2 cup of chopped mild, pickled chillies.
So in the midst of making this recipe, I went into automatic pilot. I forgot to towel dry the artichokes because Ronnie never did. I added the full cup of Parmesan, but forgot to grease the pan, or add the garlic salt and Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces. I did, however, ‘remember’ to add 60 grams of the not-listed chopped pickled chillies. Oops!
I make my own mayonnaise—have done so for 30 years—which has no added sugar. One of our daughter’s has posted the recipe on Food.com. Try it—super easy, super tasty and no sugar.
I really like adding chopped chillies to this recipe, so will probably always make it Ronnie’s way. I also prefer using her slightly reduced amount of Parmesan. This batch seemed just a little dry (glad I didn’t dry the artichokes too), and I can attribute that only to the extra cheese.
That said, I took the finished dip to Friday night drinks at work, and everyone loved it. Just wait til they taste the real version.