13.3.13

Spinach-Artichoke Dip With Sweet Potato Mayo

I grew up in a small industrial town in West Bengal, India, where, in the 80's  Mayo was a fancy ingredient to cook with. in fact as far as i remember the Mayo bottles did not make their appearance in the featured cupboards of our grocery store till the mid 90's. but that never stopped my mom from trying out the dishes using Mayonnaise which she used to bookmark from her collection of cookbooks and magazines. she simply made her own fresh mayo every time she needed it. and that was the only mayo that i knew of  while i was growing up. her mayo with boiled potato, eggs, mustard sauce, sugar, salt, pepper and a FULL cup of oil. MMM...mmm it was delicious and made her dishes, specially her macaroni so special... so.. even when the commercial Mayo started flooding the local stores, at home we stuck to her  recipe. it was that good. and i am sure you'll do the same once you have tasted it..

anyhow when i started cooking, to cut down on the calorie count, i substituted a thing or two and made my own mayo recipe. which is, if i may say so, as delicious. substituting potatoes with sweet potatoes  helped me cut down on the added sugar a bit, replacing eggs with Greek yogurt changed the taste but made it an eggless mayo which i could serve to my MIL and i heavily cut down on the oil for i thought 1 FULL CUP was way too much.... so that is how the Spinach-Artichoke dip with Sweet Potato Mayo came into being... We had it in our sandwich along with cucumbers and olives and it tasted darn good. Even Mr MN who has a thing against Artichokes said it was good. and believe me he is not one of those who are loose with their compliments.  so a dish really has to be good to score points with him... and this one did :)

since this was my first experience of cooking with artichokes, i found this pictorial tutorial of how to prepare artichoke hearts useful. the rest of the recipe was a mere simple adaption from this one. now over to the recipe...
Recipe Adapted from here.

ingredients
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 artichoke hearts, chopped
1/4 cup cream cheese
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 cloves of garlic, grated
homemade sweet potato mayonnaise

for the Sweet Potato Mayonnaise
1/2 cup boiled sweet potato
2 teaspoons mustard sauce
3 tablespoons Greek Yogurt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
2 teaspoons of sugar
salt to taste
5 teaspoons olive  oil

what i did. 
  • i preheated  the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • then adding all the ingredients for the mayo, except olive oil, in the blender i pureed them. then  whipped the mixture while gradually adding the olive oil into it until it achieved a creamy consistency. that was my mayo.
  • i then combined the mayo with the rest of the ingredients and put the mixture to bake for 20-30 minutes.

now that the dip was ready, i diced my olives and cucumber...
sandwiched them between slices of home-baked peasant bread spread with the spinach artichoke dip, toasted the sandwich in the sandwich maker...
and served and relished every bite of the sandwich with our bowl of Minestrone.....
Sometimes the simplest recipes strike the note with you... don't you think  :)

Happy Cooking and Bon Appetite !!

Sending the second photograph to Colour Me Black , a photography challenge series at The Humpty Dumpty Kitchen
and sharing the recipe with...


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11 comments:

  1. yummy dip and you have a lovely blog and so happy that you visited me :) happy to follow you too

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  2. This looks amazing! I love the sweet potato mayo. I've never tried that before but I think I will make it sometime soon. I'm always up for trying new things, especially something like this. Thanks for sharing!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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  3. lovely recipe..dip looks yummy and fabulous..
    new follower to your blog..
    http://foody-buddy.blogspot.com/

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  4. Delicious dip, love that mayo. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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  5. What delicious recipes! Your sandwich looks fantastic, and I like that you can use the dip and mayonnaise separately as well - perfect for entertaining!

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  6. OK, you got me on the sweet potato mayo... I have never seen that before. Great flavors in this dip.

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  7. Hello!
    Just stopping by again to let you know that Carrie and I will be featuring this at next week's Marvelous Mondays party. Hope to see you there again Sunday evening. :)

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks (www.thisgalcooks.com)

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  8. Hi Lovely. I'm your newest follower from Blog Hop.
    Your blog is awesome.
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    xoxo
    Rena

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  9. So funny how something, just because it is foreign becomes really popular. Thanks for the cultural insight along with the great recipe. Glad you joined us at foodie friday. Hope to see you back next week,

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  10. Oh this looks so good!

    Would love for you to link up at Empty Your Archive. We have a special focus this week on fabulous veg recipes, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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