Artichoke & Garlic Cream

Recently, Fairway Market opened a few blocks from our apartment. This meant that we were in the middle of four very fantastic corners of food: walking distance from Fairway, Trader Joe’s, the Union Square Farmers Market and Whole Foods. Having immediate access to all four are what foodie fantasies are made of.

Really... it goes with everything.

Artichoke & Garlic Cream. Really… it goes with everything.

At Fairway’s olive oil tasting station, there was a small bottle of Italian Artichoke and Garlic Cream. Strange. In all of the times that my kids made a bee-line for the olive oil tasting station, I’d never seen this product. And then I tasted it. And then I fell in love. And then I looked at the price tag.  ($8 for a small container – 4.5 ounces. My version comes in at about $3 for 8 ounces)

It’s rich and creamy without being too heavy. The version that I made is a bit thicker than the original, but I didn’t feel that it needed any more olive oil. Serve it instead of butter. Enjoy it with a baguette. Set out the Artichoke and Garlic Cream when you put out tapenade and dips, vegetables or crackers. Enjoy it on a sandwich instead of mayonnaise. You’ll find so many ways to enjoy it… including straight out of the jar with a spoon!

Enjoy!

Fairway's Cara Cucina - Della Tradizione Italiana - Crema di Carciofi e Aglio - Artichoke and Garlic Cream

Fairway’s Cara Cucina – Della Tradizione Italiana – Crema di Carciofi e Aglio – Artichoke and Garlic Cream

Canned artichokes, olive oil, crushed garlic & kosher salt (pepper optional)

Canned artichokes, olive oil, crushed garlic & kosher salt (pepper optional)

Sadly, my garlic clove dried out

Sadly, my garlic clove dried out… glad I had the backup crushed garlic on hand!

1 1/2 teaspoons of crushed garlic

1 1/2 teaspoons of crushed garlic

Use an immersion blender to puree the ingredients

Use an immersion blender to puree the ingredients

Slowly pour in the olive oil

Slowly pour in the olive oil

Puree until incorporated and smooth

Puree until incorporated and smooth

Artichoke & Garlic Cream!

Artichoke & Garlic Cream!

Saving some Artichoke & Garlic Cream for later ;)

Saving some Artichoke & Garlic Cream for later 😉

Artichoke & Garlic Cream

Artichoke & Garlic Cream

Artichoke and Garlic Cream

Makes 1/2 pint, 8 ounces

Ingredients

1 14 ounce can artichokes (about 8.5 ounces drained)
1 1/2 tsp crushed garlic (I used Trader Joe’s crushed garlic because my garlic clove dried out)
1/4 cup good olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Optional: Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

1. Drain artichokes.
2. Place the drained artichokes, crushed garlic and salt into the cup of an immersion blender.
3. Pulse through the ingredients for about 30 seconds, until well minced. 
4. Add olive oil and puree until well blended.
5. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to two weeks.
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Eat, Drink & Be Yummy!
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5 thoughts on “Artichoke & Garlic Cream

  1. Pingback: Truffled Ricotta & Asiago Dip | Make-Meals Mama

  2. theworldinbrooklyn

    How great! I should do this. I use the Fairway version all the time spread on cod before I roast it — I also put chopped olives, capers, tomatoes, shallots, orange zest, splash of wine — it’s a very variable recipe but it’s a favorite in our family. Here’s a super-loose write up if you’re looking!

    I found your site while searching on another artichoke product from the Fairway label — anyhow I like the idea of making your own version and then spreading the word! Thanks — Meredith

    http://churchchomp.com/2010/04/08/cod-night-and-the-dictatorial-baby/

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