Sunday, December 8, 2013
Whipped Artichoke Spread
I was looking through the latest Zingerman's catalog (I love Zingermans!) and found a product for artichoke cream described as whipped with spices and vinegar. I thought it sounded like something I'd like to try but when I went to order they were out. I was determined to have some artichoke "cream" and checked the pantry and found 2 cans of artichoke hearts packed in water. And so I made this spread....good on crackers, vegetables, pita chips and even as a spread for sandwiches. A little tart but if you like artichokes you may want to give it a try!
Makes over 2 cups
Two 14.5 ounce cans artichoke hearts packed in water
2 roasted garlic cloves
Juice of one small lemon (Meyer lemon is especially good)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Drain and rinse the artichokes and then place them in the bowl of a food processor along with the garlic, lemon juice, salt, white pepper and 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs.
Start processing while drizzling in the oil. Process until fluffy and add a little more bread crumb if you'd like the spread a little sturdier. Place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for several hours to let the flavors marry.