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Gather your friends, make this amazing Creamy Lemon Artichoke Spread, and share a bottle of wine for an unforgettable night!
There is nothing more relaxing than spending time with good friends. An evening or day spent laughing with my girlfriends is the perfect antidote to a busy life!
Whether we’re spending time shopping, going to a fun event, or watching a movie at home, I know I can count on my friends to just get me. They know all my stories (the good and the bad), and my jokes don’t need explaining. Can you relate?
As the holiday season nears, and our lives get busier, I look forward to relaxing, laid back evenings spent at home simply catching up on our lives. It’s the perfect way to reconnect! These occasions call for delicious, yet easy recipes that are impossible to resist, like this Creamy Lemon Artichoke Spread.
I was so lucky to spend a week with my sister, who is one of my best friends, recently. We weren’t always such good friends (we used to fight like cats and dogs), so sometimes it’s hard to believe how well we get along now. Talk about shared history!
Every evening after my niece went to bed, it was time to relax. It was pretty much a girl’s night every night! And I know she would have loved this Creamy Lemon Artichoke Spread that I paired with a light, bright Pinot Grigio from Callie Collection. I definitely need to make it again the next time she visits!
Have you tried Callie Collection wines? Callie Collection pays tribute to the beautiful California Central Coast (one of my favorite destinations when I lived in San Francisco) where their wines are sourced. Each of the three varietals—bright Pinot Grigio, balanced Chardonnay, and a fresh Red Blend—is well balanced and easy to drink with beautiful aromas and fresh flavors.
The easy twist off, twist on cork is one of my favorite features of Callie Collection wines . This unique helix closure (the first of its kind in the US) combines the sophistication of a cork with the convenience of screw cap. There’s no need for a corkscrew, making the bottles super easy to open. I foresee myself enjoying these wines on many a future picnic!
The Callie Collection Pinot Grigio I chose worked so well with the fresh flavors in my Creamy Lemon Artichoke Spread. It’s the perfect pairing for an easy girl’s night at home!
This spread is full of yummy garlic, lemon, and creamy cheese flavors. If you’re a fan of artichokes, this is a recipe you’ll crave. A food processor makes this recipe simple and fast, but if you don’t have one, read my note after the recipe for further instructions.
I like serving this Creamy Lemon Artichoke Spread with crunchy, homemade bruschetta. In fact, I picked up a baguette to make some but forgot all about it … oops! If you’d like to make your own bruschetta, slice a baguette 1/4-inch thick, then bake the slices at 425 degrees until crisp (but not overly browned), about 5-10 minutes.
Serve this Creamy Lemon Artichoke Spread with lots of fresh veggies, crisp crackers or bruschetta, plus plenty of wine, and you have a party!
- 1 small garlic clove
- 2 green onions, roughly chopped
- 1 lemon
- 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. pepper
- hot sauce, optional
- 1 (14-oz.) can quartered artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
- crackers or bruschetta
- vegetables, such as grape tomatoes, peppers, and carrots
- Pulse garlic and green onion in a food processor until garlic is minced.
- Zest lemon, then mince zest. You'll need 1 tsp. zest for use in recipe.
- Juice lemon (you should have about 1/4 cup lemon juice), then add to food processor along with 1 tsp. zest, cream cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, and a few dashes hot sauce, if desired.
- Process until well combined. (It doesn't need to be totally smooth. There should still be some green onion flecks.)
- Add artichokes and pulse a few times until combined, but still chunky.
- Serve spread with crackers or bruschetta and vegetables. Enjoy!
If you don't have a food processor, mince the green onions and garlic, then finely chop the artichokes. Combine lemon zest and juice, cream cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, and hot sauce; mix until smooth. Stir in the green onion, garlic, and artichokes.
Make sure to stop by your local grocery store to try all three Callie Collection varietals: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and the Red Blend! Get more fun ideas by visiting their website and following Callie Collection on Facebook and Instagram, too.
What is your favorite recipe to share with your girlfriends!
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