Artichoke and Green Olive Pantry Tapenade

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Artichoke and Green Olive Pantry Tapenade

[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

I'm not sure which is better about this unorthodox green tapenade: The fact that it's delicious, or the fact that it can be made using ingredients I always have on hand. Both make it a winner for light weeknight dishes or quick get togethers. The artichokes add body and a mild, mellow flavor to cut the briny brashness of the olives. Spread this on toast, serve with crudités, dollop onto grilled fish, or squash with melty mozzarella in a panini. This stuff is amazing.

About the author: Kerry Saretsky is the creator of French Revolution Food, where she reinvents her family's classic French recipes in a fresh, chic, modern way.

  • Yield:serves 6
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium clove of garlic
  • 3/4 ounce excellent Parmesan
  • 1 14-ounce can of artichoke hearts in water or brine, drained
  • 1 12-ounce jar pitted green olives, drained
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbes de Provence
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley

Directions

  1. 1.

    Blitz the garlic and Parmesan in the food processor until they’re smashed to smithereens. Then, add all the other ingredients, and pulse for a chunky tapenade, or run until smooth. Serve with lightly toasted excellent bread. Or, put in a panini with fresh sliced mozzarella, or spoon over grilled fish.