I only just discovered artichokes a few years ago and I have been hooked ever since! The other day while I was in the grocery store I noticed a jar or artichoke tapenade and an artichoke tapenade sounded like a great idea! I was already thinking about a recipe for the tapenade while dreaming about the ways that I would use it.
Although the artichoke tapenade in the store did not include any olives, I could not imagine it without and I was thinking that some nice big green olives would add a hit of salty goodness and a dash of colour. For the artichokes I went with canned because they were on hand and I seasoned them with fresh chopped garlic and capers along with some lemon juice to add a refreshing brightness. In my mind a tapenade is somewhat similar to a pesto and I always enjoy adding cheese to pestos so I tried adding some grated Asiago to the artichoke tapenade. The tapenade was as easy to make as doing a little pre-chopping and then giving it a few pulses in the food processor.
When I first encountered the idea of the artichoke tapenade I though it was going to be good but I did not know just how good it would be! After tasting for the correct seasoning I found it difficult to stop eating it by the spoonful; I mean I still had photographs to take before it disappeared! When I first served it, I went with something simple, an appetizer with toasted baguettes for dipping or spreading and it was a great way to show off the flavours of the artichoke tapenade. Next up I made a light meal out of it by spreading some on toast and topping it with prosciutto and roasted tomatoes and it was simply delightful! Luckily this recipe makes a lot and I was able to save some for one more dish using it.
Artichoke and Green Olive Tapenade with Asiago
A chunky artichoke and olive tapenade with asiago that is packed full of flavour. Enjoy it for dipping or use it as a condiment on crostini or in sandwiches.
- 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup green olives, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup asiago, grated
- 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 2 teaspoons capers, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Pulse every thing in a food processor until it reaches the desired consistency. (I like to leave it a bit on the chunky side.)
I've always had a difficult time cooking with artichokes, your recipe sound delicious, I'm going to try it.
Thank you for the ebook and the opportunity to subscribe to your posts. I have more of your recipes saved than from any other food blog I read. The Reuben recipes just made me happy. It's my favorite sandwich. I would leave the capers out of the tapenade, since I cannot abide them, and I'm wondering how it would be with marinated artichoke hears. I'll have to try that variation. Thank you again.
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Wonderful! This tapenade is extraordinary. What a great combination of flavors.
Definitely trying this one, it looks delicious!
Looks delicious! Thanks for the great idea!
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
What a pretty idea! Love this!
Artichokes and olives – two of my favorites in one? Sounds good to me! I love these crostini..I think they're going to be a HUGE hit this summer.
Bev Weidner says
That is GORGEOUS. I want it now!
I love the idea of this! I'm an artichoke fan, so it's right up my alley. However, I also like that it can be made vegan and is onion-, tomato-, garlic-, and gluten-free.
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Oh, wow! I've been craving tapenade but I never would have thought of adding artichokes! Yum!
I love the colors and combination of ingredients!
mireia badia says
My mom loves artichokes, she would probably love this!
Grandma Kat @ Easy Recipes Land says
This sounds delicious and I will have to make it this weekend when my family comes to visit me and my hubby.
Thanks for the recipe,
I love artichokes – this looks truly delicious Kevin.
This sounds amazing- I love olive tapenade and the addition of artichokes makes it even better!
wow those roasted tomatoes are gorgeous!!
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I wanted a new recipe for artichoke dip and came to your site first. Sounds so delicious and I am very impressed by your site! Keep up the cooking!