Take-out Tuesday, Quick Artichoke Appetizer and a Spring Veggie Flatbread

After a solid week of rain

the sun finally came out Mother’s Day afternoon

and another spur of the moment patio party was underway!

I really didn’t have any plans or expectations for Mother’s Day because it had been a week packed with year-end activities for the littles, and I spent Saturday with my whole family at Big E’s rock climbing birthday party

Wow, these places are so cool, and the kids climb the walls like monkeys!  Super Boy is so sweet with his younger cousins, and hanging out with everyone, while watching the kids have fun, was a perfect Mother’s Day for me~

But, Sunday morning HHjr surprised me with these beautiful purple tulips that he arranged himself

Then I got a text from DD saying they wanted to swing by around 4,

so the day began to get festive!

Late afternoon gatherings at my house mean an appetizer is required

so I decided to try baked artichoke hearts,

a recipe I’ve been wanting to try…

Those little crumbles in the bottom of a potato chip bag add a tasty crunch, and paired with garlic butter and finely grated Parmesan, they are a delicious coating for artichoke hearts

Rinse and drain the artichokes

Dip them in the garlic butter, then dredge them in potato chip crumbs and Parmesan cheese

Put them on a non stick pan or a pan lined with parchment or non stick foil

You can do this a few hours ahead of time if desired, then bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes right before serving

HHjr’s friend, the famous potato cooker, Colby, also came over

Colby was hosting his family over for dinner at his house

and he asked HHjr to “help” him cook  the cornish hens his mom requested because he said his never turned out right

There is NOTHING my son likes better than having multiple grills going at once,

He already had ribs on the Big Green Egg

So we all sipped and noshed and watched HHjr cook

DD and I exchanged gifts and it was a delightful gathering with lots of laughter

AND after HHjr packed up the hens for Colby to take back to his family,

He proceeded to make a vegetable flatbread

to go with the BBQ ribs he was cooking for our supper!

{I am very spoiled}

Fresh asparagus, corn, red onion, on a bed of Alfredo sauced pizza crust,

it was divine!

So thoughtful, he knows I love vegetables and flatbreads…

Both these recipes are super easy and fast to make,


Parmesan Crusted Artichoke Hearts

artichoke hearts covered with potato chips and Parmesan and baked for a tasty bite!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American


  • 1 jar 12 oz, marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup crushed potato chips or panko crumbs
  • 4 T butter
  • garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese


  • Rinse and drain artichoke hearts and pat dry.
  • Melt butter in a microwave proof bowl and season with garlic powder to taste.
  • Place chip crumbs and Parmesan in 2 additional bowls.
  • Using tongs, dip each artichoke in melted butter, then coat in potato chips crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
  • Place on a non stick baking pan {or parchment or non stick foil lined pan}. Sprinkle additional crumbs or cheese over them if desired.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.
Keyword artichoke appetizer, artichoke hearts, baked artichoke hearts

Spring Vegetable Flatbread


  • 1 thin crust refrigerated pizza dough sheet {Pillsbury}
  • 6-8 thin sandwich slices of Mozzarella cheese or 2-3 oz grated Mozzarella
  • 1 cup Alfredo sauce
  • 1-2 ears of fresh corn
  • 16-18 fresh asparagus spears
  • 1/2 red onion sliced


  • Unroll dough onto parchment lined baking sheet and reshape if necessary.
  • Lay mozzarella cheese slices evenly on crust or sprinkle grated Mozzarella evenly over crust.
  • Spread with an even layer of Alfredo sauce.
  • Cut kernels off of cobs and sprinkle evenly over sauce.
  • Break off tough ends of asparagus and arrange spears evenly on dough.
  • Arrange onion slices on dough and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes or until crust is baked through and golden.
  • Cut into large squares for main dish or side dish or smaller squares for appetizers.


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38 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Quick Artichoke Appetizer and a Spring Veggie Flatbread”
  1. What a totally wonderful day! Love the grill set up. And those artichoke hearts look to die for!

  2. Kitty says:

    I always love seeing your grands, Jenna, and the party sounded like such fun. Your son does indeed spoil you, and you deserve it. What a perfect Mother’s Day! How sweet of him to help Colby out with the cornish hens, and then to make your wonderful flatbread. Those artichoke hearts look yummy. I enjoyed an artichoke on Mother’s Day, too, and my son grilled us steaks.

    • Well that sounds pretty perfect too! Yes, I thought it was so funny that Colby asked Ryan to cook his hens! He is great fun, a long time bachelor, he uses the dating apps and tells me lots of funny stories about the different girls he meets, so it’s always entertaining when he comes over ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. RS says:

    I canโ€™t wait to try the artichoke recipe, always looking for something different to do with them!

  4. Sharon Mann says:

    An all around perfect day!

  5. Jenna, you had a special Motherโ€™s Day! Happy birthday to Big E, he is a cutie! You are definitely spoiled and most deserving. I love artichoke hearts so this recipe will be saved. HHjr is a real friend to help Colby with his hens ๐Ÿ˜„ The flatbread looks fabulous! Jenna, this weather today is wonderful, letโ€™s enjoy!

  6. Bonnie Morgan says:

    Wow, you had a great Mother’s Day! All the food looks fabulous.

  7. Jill Kuhn says:

    Yay for sunshine!! ๐ŸŒž Looks like you had a wonderful day, Jenna! So happy for you! ๐ŸŒน
    And the appetizers looks yummy! I like your flatbread idea best! ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒฝ

  8. pattyanneart says:

    Oh what a wonderful day!!
    All of the food looks so delicious! ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’š

  9. Shelia says:

    Those “babies” are beautiful! They just melt one’s heart. So glad you had a happy day–my loved ones and families agreed to delay our Mother’s Day for a week. We all had so much on our plates, that all the mothers were happy to oblige–next week we shall miss the crowds and still get to celebrate.

    Love your family (and Colby!)

    • Oh that’s a great idea! We delayed Memorial Day last year due to everyone’s schedule, it doesn’t matter when you gather, just that you can gather! Yes, Colby is a treasure! Thanks Sheila ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Sounds like you had a nice Mother’s Day Jenna! I’ve seen artichoke hearts at Dollar Tree… Really wish I picked up a couple cans:@)

  11. Nancy says:

    You sure know how to have a wonderful dinner in No Time!

    The flowers were superb! What a guy!

    Hugs to you and so happy you had a wonderful Motherโ€™s Day!

  12. lulu says:

    Ah, those surprises and last minute happenings are the best. I sure do like your outdoor cooking area.

  13. thefrenchhutch says:

    Heavenly sunshine was a great gift for us! This blog post is making me hungry Jenna. All this delicious food! Glad you had a fun week and what a sweet surprise from HHjr. Loved all the kiddo pics, adorable!

  14. Mary says:

    YUM Jenna! The artichokes and veggie flatbread look and sound super delicious! I do love sipping and noshing when someone else is cooking ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad your Mother’s Day was happy โ™ฅ

  15. Benita says:

    I’m not into the artichokes but I will take some Cornish Hen! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Hugs!

  16. Karen says:

    Sunshine, family and good food…it sounds wonderful. I never would have thought of using potato chip crumbs for a coating on artichoke hearts, I bet it gives them a great crunch.

  17. Kari says:

    Yummy! how great to have such a wonderful day with family.

  18. Helen Adams says:

    I would be happy with just the left overs, the artichoke and flatbread looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us on Full Plate Thursday and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

  19. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

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