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.
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!
Artichoke and Garlic Cream
Makes 1/2 pint, 8 ounces