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Lemon Artichoke & Olive Tapenade

Serves 8-12

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts
  • ½ roasted red pepper
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ¾ cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crostini, crackers, or mini flatbread

 

 

 

Place the artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, zest and juice of 1 lemon, olives, olive oil, garlic, parsley, basil, and crushed red pepper flakes into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse just until the ingredients are nicely combined.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. This can be prepared a day ahead and held in the refrigerator.

Serve with crostini, crackers, or mini flatbread. This is also delicious on sandwiches.

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