Sunday, May 17, 2009

Tassajara Artichoke Walnut Spread

Its rich, decadent flavour makes an excellent appetizer served with crostini.

1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 cup firm silken tofu or ricotta cheese
12 artichoke hearts canned in water, drained
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 tbsp minced fresh oregano, or other fresh herb
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, or to taste
salt and pepper

Grind the walnuts in a food processor until fine. If using silken tofu, wrap in a towel and press with a heavy weight for 30 minutes before using. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend in the food processor or by hand until chunky but a uniform mixture; cover and chill until ready to serve.

Makes 2 cups

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