Every once in a while I say to myself, “You’re not buying anything at the grocery store today. You just make do with what you have at home.” And that’s when I come up with some recipes I’m positively crazy about. Here’s one of them. You probably have all these ingredients in your pantry and an added bonus is that it comes together in no time flat. This “dip” is a delight served with cold, crunchy celery sticks. Served with some whole grain crackers your family won’t be able to stay away. I found some organic, gluten-free, non-gmo, vegan, black pepper crackers at the grocery store that totally rocked my taste buds. “Mary’s Gone Crackers”. Holy moly. You’d NEVER know they’re so healthful. And they’re pretty, too.
Spread atop grilled fish or chicken, this tapenade is a natural pleaser as all the flavors marry so darn well. And guess what else? It’s pretty low in fat calling for only a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. I hope you’re not put off by the one anchovy filet. I promise, scout’s honor (even though I was thrown out of Girl Scouts when I sneaked out of a meeting to call a boy I liked from a phone booth), you will never know the anchovy’s there. The rinsed, dried filet adds a deeper flavor and after being zipped through the food processor you’ll never even know it was there. Leave it out and your dip will be flat and one-dimensional so give it a try. Lemony and garlicky, it travels well to parties and keeps for days in the refrigerator…if it even lasts that long!
Artichoke, Olive and Garlic Tapenade
- 2 14.5-ounce cans artichoke hearts, well-drained, moisture patted out
- 1/2 cup green olives, pitted and without pimento
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 1 garlic clove
- grated zest of one lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 anchovy filet, rinsed and dried
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Place artichoke hearts and olives in a food processor and pulse until slightly chunky with pieces about the size of confetti. Transfer to mixing bowl.
- Add all remaining ingredients to the food processor bowl and pulse until not quite smooth. You want a bit of texture.
- Transfer to bowl with artichokes and olives and mix well.
- Serve with raw vegetables and crackers or cover and store in refrigerator until ready to use.