Sunday, November 28, 2004

Score Super Bowl Tickets...or just make this low-fat cheesy-artichoke dip at your Superbowl party

Super Bowl XXXIX tickets are starting at $1,850 long before anyone even knows who's playing on Feb. 6, 2006, in Jacksonville on sites like GoTickets. Others sell tickets with hotel packages (a three-night package from Sports Travel and Tours is $3,595 per person, double occupancy).

But you can get in on the 2006 Super Bowl lottery for a chance to buy two tickets at face value - a handful of these tickets are reserved to sell to the general public via a public lottery. (These brokers often mark up the tickets by as much as 300%.) Between Feb. 1 and June 1, 2005, send a request via registered or certified mail to: Super Bowl Random Drawing, P.O. Box 49140, Strongsville, Ohio 44149.

And for those of you who didn't win the lottery this year and will be hosting a Super Bowl Party at home instead, here's an easy, lower-fat version of warm artichoke-cheese dip (one of my favorites) from USA Weekend. (I have not tried this yet so cannot personally attest to the recipe.)

Cheesy Artichoke Dip

2 8-ounce pkg frozen artichoke hearts
1 1/2 cups fat-free cottage cheese
4 oz herbed goat cheese
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1/3 cup fat-free half and half
1 cup chopped chives
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook artichokes according to package directions; chop roughly. Set aside.

In a food processor, mix all ingredients except artichokes and Parmesan cheese until smooth.

Stir in artichokes. Pour mixture into a 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Bake for 30 min. If top hasn't browned, put under broiler.

Let sit for 15 minutes before serving (it may be watery when first removed from the oven). Serve with toasted whole-wheat pita chips.

Yield: 4 1/2 cups

Per 1/2-cup serving: 130 calories, 9 g protein, 8 g carbohydrates, 6.5 g fat (3 g saturated), 3 g fiber, 427 mg sodium.

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