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I love artichokes! I found a jar of marinated artichokes in my pantry and started researching ideas for an appetizer I could bring to a “social distancing” Happy Hour. Voila! These little guys are easy to make, easy to bake, and most importantly, easy to eat!
- Pat of butter (for greasing the baking pan)
- 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cups shredded cheese (cheddar preferred, but I only had Monterey Jack on hand)
- 2 jars (approx 6 oz each) marinated artichoke hearts (don’t drain them quite yet, read on)
- 10–12 scallions (or green onions), chopped (white parts only)
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 packet ranch salad dressing mix
- 4 eggs, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with the butter.
- Drain the liquid from one jar of the artichoke hearts into a small saute pan. Place the chopped green onions in the saute pan and turn heat up to medium. Saute the onions for about 10 minutes, then allow to cool. Drain the remaining liquid, you just want to be left with the sauteed onions.
- Drain the other jar of artichoke hearts and chop all hearts. Place in a bowl, mix with the cheese, panko, ranch salad dressing mix,.eggs and scallions. Stir until well mixed.
- Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the edges are starting to brown.
- Cool for about 20 minutes and cut into squares (yields about 16 squares)
If you’re in a hurry (or not interested in creating more dirty pans), you can skip sauteing the green onions and just put them in the mixture as they are. If you have the time though, this step does add a little extra briney taste to these squares.
You can substitute whatever shredded cheese you have on hand. The Monterey Jack worked out well, I think that most Cheddars would be super in this recipe.
If you don’t have panko on hand, you can use crushed saltines or make bread crumbs from day old bread. The saltines may add too much salt though so keep that in mind. I don’t know how regular bread crumbs would work, have not tried it yet….
- Category: appetizers
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: american
Keywords: artichokes, artichoke squares, appetizers, pantry friendly, snacks
I’ve always loved cooking, and spent many years working on the food & beverage side of the hospitality industry, which served to increase my interest in food, wine and entertaining.