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Artichoke Leek Casserole

Yeah I know, I’m a tad late to the Prep for Thanksgiving day party. But for all of you who might not know exactly what’s on your Turkey Day menu, let me throw a little yumminess your way. I don’t know about you, but as much as I whole heartedly adore the traditional Thanksgiving fare with sweet potatoes from a can covered in ‘mallows that great-aunt Whoever has permanent dibs on, to cranberry gel from a tin perfectly sliced and still yielding the indented lines – some years I crave something a little different. 

This year, I will be bringing an artichoke leek casserole to the table. Creamy, veggie filled and topped with mashed potatoes this should definitely be folding into your repertoire. Especially if you’re just needing a slight change of pace that still brings for the cozy and warmth of the Turkey day table. 
So, I give you Artichoke Leek Casserole.
For your grocery list include:
~ 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
~ 2 Leeks, or 8 small/medium leeks
~ 3 celery stalks
~ 2 9oz. packages frozen Artichokes, 
thawed and squeezed of excess water
~ 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
~ 1/4 cup White Wine
~ 1 brick Cream Cheese
~ 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
~ 1 package Simply Potatoes Garlic Mashed Potatoes*
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large non-stick skillet I heated up my tablespoon of olive oil until just shimmering and tossed in my thinly sliced celery stalks and leeks. 
After about 7-8 minutes they became soft and it was time to add in the artichokes.

Fresh from my bonus-mom’s garden. Drool.

 The artichokes were given a quick rough chop before going into the pan. Just for good measure.
And once they were incorporated into the rest of the veggies, the wine and chicken broth was added. Stir around and allow to cook down. When almost all of the moisture was evaporated it was time for the cream cheese. Blessed blessed cream cheese, I could eat you with a spoon. 

Fold the cream cheese into the mixture until it just melts and covers everything in it’s creamy beauty. 
Here is where I tested my first bite, and dang. Just dang.
Finally it was time to remove the mixture from the heat, top with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. 
Onto the top of these bad boys, I decided that sliced potatoes just weren’t going to cut it. Instead, a hefty dose of garlic mashers was called into duty. And what a fabulous choice it was. If you haven’t managed to polish off the remaining mashers from your Turkey Day dinner, utilize the leftovers into this dish, you won’t be sorry. 

After pouring the lot into a 9 inch pie pan I decided to give it a decorative flourish, breaking out a decorating bag and large frosting tip to do the handy work. 

Once piped on, the dish went into my pre-heated oven for 35 minutes to heat through and brown up.
It didn’t take long for me to dig in and polish off an entire serving. Ben was lucky to get one measly bite. I wasn’t giving this up. 

So, if you’re looking for something to bring to the Turkey Day table, add this one to the mix. A big dose of fall vegg and soft fluffy potatoes – you will be the star of the show. Promise.

*As part of the FoodBuzz Tastemakers program in conjunction with Simply Potatoes I was provided with a coupon for one of their products. But all opinions and recipes are my own. The convenience and taste of these not-frozen potatoes was fantastic and perfectly fluffy. Winner on those busy nights you don’t want to wait for fresh potatoes to boil*
   

16 Responses to “Artichoke Leek Casserole”

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    Much to My Delight — November 21, 2011 @ 1:16 am

    That looks AWESOME…like a fancified, vegetarian Shepherd's Pie. And how cute are you to pipe the mashed potatoes on the top? I'd say pretty darn cute!!

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    Rona — November 21, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love the decorative topping!

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    Kay Heritage — November 21, 2011 @ 3:13 am

    Megan, this is so beautiful! So creative to pipe the mashed potatoes on top! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my sweet friend!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen — November 21, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    That is a really beautiful dish! sounds delicious as well – I'm thinking this is going to make an appearance on my THanksgiving table!
    Mary oxo

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    Andrea @ The Sknny Chronicles — November 21, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    Why those are the pretty mashed potatoes I have ever seen. In my life.

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    Val — November 21, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    I just bought artichokes and now I can make this yummy recipe. =)

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    Kat — November 22, 2011 @ 2:43 am

    Gorgeous. As per the usual. Is it weird if I saw this and thought that it kind of sounded like an extremely elegant Shepherd's Pie? Marcus would snarf this one down in an instant!

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    Yummy Mummy — November 22, 2011 @ 5:00 am

    Oh my goodness, I'm so happy to have found your darling blog. You and I share a very similar style and love of real food. Hooray! I'm your newest follower and can't wait to see more from you. Please come say hi at http://www.yummymummykitchen.com
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

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    surlykitchen — November 22, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    i saw something similar to this on martha stewart. i love all the ingredients you put in this. it's going on my to make list!

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    Mads — November 26, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    Woah! I love the decorating bag/potato idea. Genius!

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    DessertForTwo — December 12, 2011 @ 3:51 am

    I want a big slice of this right now!

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    Kelsi — December 23, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    I’m totally trying this recipe next week!

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    Ana Lechleidner — October 30, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    Artichoke extract can help the body metabolism to become faster and also helps in toning down fats. ;

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