Monday, May 23, 2011

Artichoke Lemon Pesto

April 2011 012 So there we were, sitting amid the vineyards at Rusack Winery outside Santa Barbara, savoring the day with an ample picnic lunch that included a jar of artichoke lemon pesto. 

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The soppressata, salami and cheese were perfect with the wine and we all loved the artichoke pesto too. Who can complain when you’re surrounded with good friends, good food, good wine and a landscape as beautiful as this?

March 2011 428 I wasn’t complaining, but whenever I see upscale (read high-priced) delicious products like the artichoke pesto, my mind starts thinking about how to replicate the recipe in my kitchen,  so I set to work trying soon after returning home.

It didn’t take much – just a bit of tasting here, a pinch of herbs there, a few pulses in the food processor, and voila – I had a quick and delicious snack to serve with crackers, or a wonderful sauce to toss with pasta. 

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My recipe calls for 3 T. olive oil, but you can use more if you prefer it looser. Speaking of olive oil, I got a box in the mail the other day with six containers of olive oil from Tre Olive, an operation in Calabria owned by Joe of Italyville.com and his family.

May 2011 002 Joe’s family has been in the business since 1934 and they’ve come up with a unique way to market their product – adopting an olive tree.

grove4 When you adopt a tree for a year, you’ll get a certificate of adoption, a photo of “your” tree, plus three liters of olive oil from the family groves in Calabria. I love this idea for gift-giving, especially since Father’s Day isn’t too far off, and my father’s family hails from Calabria.  It’s another way of bringing a bit of the homeland here to the states. Bravo Joe.

Artichoke Lemon Spread

printable recipe here

  • 1  14-ounce can of artichoke hearts  in water (unseasoned)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 c. finely chopped parsley
  • a few small sprigs of thyme, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 t. lemon peel, finely minced
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • salt, pepper

Mince the parsley and thyme roughly with the garlic and lemon peel. Place the artichoke hearts, the parsley and thyme and all the remaining ingredients into a food processor. Pulse or whir until everything is chopped finely and blended. Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly.

26 comments:

Stacey Snacks said...

Good a.m. Carciofi Lady.
I make this and serve this with sliced meat on crostini w/ arugula for parties......I forgot all about it!
I will go to Joe's site and order some of that Calabrian oil. It sounds wonderful.

janie said...

I love the view from Rusack-it's the perfect place for a picnic! Thanks for the great recipe and I want some of that oil.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That looks so delicious! I really like the idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

Daniela said...

Davvero sfiziosi i crostini con questo pesto. Buona settimana Daniela.

Jhonny walker said...

UBER good..uber good!! love this one.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks so tasty, Linda, and perfect for summer entertaining. The Rusack Winery looked so peaceful

I love the "adopt an olive tree" idea! I will visit Joe's web site for the details.

Chiara said...

lovely place for picnic!That looks so tasty Linda!A great idea, thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

I'm so like you when I see a product that I feel I can duplicate for less $$ AND without a doubt fresher tasting. Your recipe looks perfect! and so does the view!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Stacey has artichokes on her blog today, I ate leftover grilled artichokes for lunch today and now I see this on your blog, I'm in artichoke heaven!I made something like this before but I believe I threw in some chopped tomato, I like your version better, perfect for munching, I just wish I had that view! I will check out Joe's olive oil, love the packaging and the thought of adopting the tree.

Cathy said...

Oh, yum, I can't wait to try this pesto. I could do real damage to a box of crackers if I had a bowl of this right now.

An artichoke vendor will be next to me at the farmer's market before long. I've bookmarked this recipe in anticipating.

Cathy said...

anticipation, that is. Somehow I never see the misspelling until I hit the publish key.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

What a great idea...to adopt an olive tree! I am also loving this recipe...perfect for summer relaxing on the porch or patio with a crisp dry white wine!!

Susan said...

Oh my God Linda, this looks amazing! You must have hadthat visit with a California friend you were looking forward to. When our porch is clean and this damn rain stops, please join us in Allentown for wine and food.
Susan

Andrea @ From the Bookshelf said...

Mouth watering, running through pantry ingredients in my head, wanting this! What a refreshing pesto to serve

Claudia said...

I have bought this prepared and have yet to make it. And now I will. I love the bright lemony flavors and the idea that it is healthy... or am I dreaming? Thought about adopting an olive tree for my mother... I must investigate when I get home.

S&G said...

My mouth is watering reading this artichoke recipe. Can't wait to try it!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I am very fortunate to live about 20 minutes from the Artichoke Capitol of the World-- Castroville. I could eat artichokes every day and never tire of them. I'm working on perfecting a cream of artichoke soup. However, who knew that I could make a pesto out of it? What a great recipe, and I'm so borrowing this one from you. How I love Santa Barbara, and it's warm climate. I checked out the website. What a great idea!

Shaker Kitchen Cabinets said...

Yummy...!! Its looking so damn tasty I just cant wait to have it...!!!

Barbara GF said...

This sounds delicious, Linda. I love artichokes and will have to try this. It reminds me of a hot dip I make, but I like yours because there's no cooking involved. How do you go about adopting one of Joe's olive trees? I will have to check out his blog. Sounds like a great thing to do!

Kate said...

This would be perfect for entertaining. Memorial day is around the corner even!

Ellie said...

That is my kind of picnic!! Looks so delishious!!!

LF said...

Looks delish! mmmm. And very idyllic scenery too.

Cate O'Malley said...

I think I might have found my appetizer for tonight's dinner...

Mary said...

What a lovely spread and what perfect timing. We'll be with a gang this weekend and make ahead appetizers ease the stress of entertaining so many. This looks wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

The Food Hunter said...

This will be perfect for my get together this weekend. Thanks

Kevin said...

I really like the sound of an artichoke pesto and the lemon would brighten it up nicely!