Recipe by Tamra Scott-Hunt
"Chopped artichoke hearts with garlic, lemon juice, and Parmesan. Great on rotelle pasta or as an appetizer on mini toasts. Tastes just like the stuff I was paying too much for at the specialty market. We freeze the leftovers in an ice tray for easy weekday dinners."
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chopped fresh cilantro
salt to taste
1 (8 ounce) package
frozen artichokes, thawed and chopped
grated Parmesan cheese
I really liked this. But wow, that's a lot of garlic! I used 5 good-sized cloves and had to eat like 5 peppermints after dinner to get rid of the taste- lol. But it's worth it! ;) I made this and then boiled some pasta (whole wheat rotini and mini penne) and mixed the pesto with the pasta right after draining. (I used 8 oz. pasta and most of the pesto sauce with it- probably have a little over 1/2 cup leftover). I'll probably use the extra as a dip. I used jarred artichokes and omitted the canola oil. In it's place I added 1/4 cup water mixed with a tiny dab of "Better than Boullion". Then I added one large spoonful of the oil from the marinated artichokes I used. I mixed everything in the food processor- adding the artichokes and cheese after everything else was smooth, so that I could leave them semi-chunky. I also used basil instead of cilantro- I had it on hand. And I used the juice of 2 lemons. This was easy, different and tasted great! We had the pesto pasta with broccoli and breadsticks.
This was pretty good and fairly easy (we did it without a food processor so the consistency was a little off). Like others, we used basil instead of cilantro and just our two garlic cloves seemed a little much. We forgot to put in the walnuts, but I bet that would help counter some of the garlic.
I find this to be a inexpensive alternative to traditional basil pesto. It has a different, but just as enjoyable, taste. I left out the canola oil (using only the 1/2 c olive oil), used about 1/2 c cilantro, used only about 3 garlic cloves, and substituted pecans for walnuts. It was great!.
Excellent recipe! I made this as an appetizer for a dinner party and served it with French Bread. It was so delicious that I made it AGAIN two nights later for an office dinner function! Loved the combination of the walnuts and the artichokes!
This was awesome. I have seen this in a jar at Trader Joe's but knew there had to be a recipe out there. A bit too garlicky so next time less, and I too used basil and pine nuts. SO good!
This was actually very spicy, but VERY good. I used canned artichoke hearts because I have never seen frozen ones. It sure was good.
whoops! I accidentally made this the same but with basil instead of cilantro and it was WONDERFUL! Thanks x
Fresh and delicious (and yes, garlicky!). I did use 8 cloves of garlic, but they were very small cloves. If I was making this again, I would probably use 4 regular-size cloves of garlic and have plenty of flavor. Still, it's all in the preference of the consumer. I loved this pesto, garlic breath and all. Thanks for the recipe!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Tamra's Lemon Artichoke Pesto
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 386
** Calories from Fat: 353
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