When the holidays arrive, it’s nice to sit down with family, watch some classic holiday movies and enjoy some delicious appetizers. We all need some Christmas relaxation after the year we just had! Although there will be no entertaining of outside household members this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some tasty holiday treats.
I used to make these Cheesy Artichoke Squares years ago and just remembered the other day that this vegetarian recipe had been a favourite appetizer of mine to make at Christmas. I always forget how much I enjoy artichokes until I make this recipe. Artichokes also are a great source of minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, which offsets the negative effects of sodium. Artichokes also contain vitamin C, B-6, B-12, A, E, D and vitamin K. This is a very easy recipe to make – something you can easily prepare on Christmas Eve!
I have adapted the recipe to a lower carb version by reducing the breadcrumbs to 1/4 cup – you really just need enough breadcrumbs so that the mixture will bind. If you prefer a “breadier” square, increase the breadcrumbs to 1/3 cup.
These squares will store in the fridge for about a week, but I suspect they won’t last that long! If storing in the fridge, just heat up in the oven at 250F for 25 minutes. I would avoid using a microwave as they will make them mushy.
You might enjoy preparing some of these other appetizers: “Best Holiday Appetizers for your Christmas Party“.