I was looking for an easy, economical, and nutritious snack for my toddler. I found a jar of roasted red peppers with garlic at my local Dollar Tree. I chopped up enough of the pepper strips to make about one whole red pepper, then I combined it with 8 oz of cream cheese in my food processor. It makes a really good spread for crackers and bagels, and a good dip for veggie strips! (It also works well to add a little chopped tomato along with the peppers and cream cheese.)
I wanted a different dip to serve other than mixing mayo and mustard together. I looked in my pantry and saw the artichokes and went from there.
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
1 cup of sour cream
1 can (14 oz) quartered artichoke hearts, drained (not marinated) (I used Vigo)
1 jar (12 oz) sweet roasted red peppers, drained (not marinated) (I used Dunbars)
1/2 cup of real bacon chips (I used Kroger brand)
Blend softened cream cheese and sour cream in a med size bowl. Add artichoke hearts and stir. Add roasted red peppers and stir. Add bacon chips and stir altogether until well mixed. Garnish with a sprinkle of bacon bits. Serve right away or chill.
Serve with any type bread or chips. It is also great as filling for lettuce wraps! Here are some suggestions: Hawaiian bread, bagel chips, tortilla chips, French bread, or Italian sweet bread. You could also try these variations: add sliced black olives and/or sliced green olives with pimentos.
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