We have a lot of artichoke hearts in my house right now that my mom bought as snacks. I know, eating artichoke hearts as a snack seems weird, but they're really tasty, and I would totally snack on them, except that I can't stand the texture. It's like chewing on rubber. Or styrofoam. Either way, it's awful and I can't do it. But I thought, maybe if I puree it with other things I could enjoy the taste of artichoke without all the pesky feeling-like-I-would-rather-die-than-chew-on-that-rubbery-crap. So artichoke dip! And then wanting to make something my vegan friend could enjoy, I began searching for vegan recipes. I found this one.
- About 1 cup of artichoke hearts from a jar, drained
- 3 cloves of garlic (or less, I just love garlic)
- 1 can of white beans, drained
- Less than 1/4 cup sesame seeds (like maybe 1/5 cup? Just eyeball it)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup steamed spinach, chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Italian seasoning, to taste
Oh! But be sure that all of your ingredients are fresh and/or haven't turned. The first batch of this I made was with sesame seeds that were about two years past their expiration date and they made the whole thing awful. I had to dump it and start again with fresh sesame seeds. The same goes for your oil and artichokes, as these things sometimes stay around in a cupboard for a while. I served the final (not expired) product with blue corn chips. It went over very well. Even with the vegans!