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Caprino di Urbino and Artichoke Dip Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 8 oz. Caprino di Urbino cheese, softened
- 1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Special equipment needed:
- Mixing bowl
- Electric mixer or food processor
- Baking dish

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the Caprino di Urbino cheese, artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, parsley, green onions, garlic, salt, and black pepper.

3. Using an electric mixer or food processor, beat the mixture until smooth and well combined.

4. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish.

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the dip is hot and bubbly.

6. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Serving size:
Makes about 2 cups of dip, serving size depends on portion size.

Nutritional information:
Per serving (1/4 cup):
Calories: 180
Total Fat: 16 g
Saturated Fat: 7 g
Cholesterol: 35 mg
Sodium: 430 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 4 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 1 g
Protein: 6 g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Caprino di Urbino cheese can be substituted with any other soft goat cheese.
- Mayonnaise can be substituted with Greek yogurt or sour cream.
- Parmesan cheese can be substituted with Pecorino Romano cheese.
- Fresh parsley can be substituted with dried parsley.

- Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes for a tangy twist.
- Add chopped spinach for a healthier version.
- Top with breadcrumbs and bake for a crunchy texture.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure the Caprino di Urbino cheese is softened before mixing.
- Drain the artichoke hearts well to avoid excess liquid in the dip.
- Serve with crackers, bread, or vegetables for dipping.

Storage instructions:
- Store any leftover dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat the dip in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the dip in a decorative bowl or ramekin.
- Garnish with chopped parsley or green onions.

- Chopped parsley or green onions.

- Serve with crackers, bread, or vegetables for dipping.
- Pair with a crisp white wine or a light beer.

Suggested side dishes:
- Grilled vegetables
- Caesar salad
- Garlic bread

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the dip is too thick, add a little bit of milk or cream to thin it out.
- If the dip is too runny, add more cheese or sour cream to thicken it up.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to store any leftover dip in the refrigerator and consume within 3 days.
- Avoid leaving the dip out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Food history:
- Caprino di Urbino is a soft goat cheese from the region of Marche in Italy.
- Artichokes have been cultivated since ancient times and were considered a delicacy by the Greeks and Romans.

Flavor profiles:
- Creamy and tangy with a hint of garlic and herbs.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve as an appetizer or snack at parties or gatherings.
- Great for game day or movie night.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Creamy, Tangy, Savory, Herbal, Earthy