Friday 27 July 2018

Artichoke Dip

Artichoke Dip

Summer brings fresh vegetables that you can enjoy any day of the week. Here is a simple artichoke dip with fresh asparagus ( lightly steamed ). If you want to get adventurous, use this dip to coat fresh pasta, adding your three favourite ingredients like mushrooms, smoked meat, and asparagus to make it into a meal.

Fresh summer Asparagus with an Artichoke dip.

Makes 4 cups

In a food processor add

2 cans of Artichokes, drained
A large handful of fresh parsley
3 cloves of garlic
1 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of freshly ground chilli pepper
a pinch of sugar
Fresh zest of the lemon and the juice of one lemon

1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino, pravolone, parmesan, asiago, or other similar cheese of choice

With the machine turned on, pour good virgin olive oil in a gentle stream until the mixture has a thick texture. (approximately 1 cup).

Optionally, add it in with a spoon.

It's delicious with a chopped pickled walnut.


This dip is superb on the base of a pizza, served up with special cheese crackers and with an egg and potato salad. It also pairs well with blistered shishito or padron peppers.

It stays well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Do not overpower the dip with cheese. The taste of the artichoke needs to stand out.

If you prefer to use the bottled variety, you may need to adjust the salt and lemon.

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Photo courtesy
Niloufer Mavalvala

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