If you are a regular reader you know I have a love (that borders on obsession) of artichokes and basil and anything that contains either one. Put them both together and well, it’s a match made in heaven. I have shared my artichoke bruschetta and my artichoke and basil lasagna in the past. Today it is my artichoke spread for cheesy bread or pizza!
When we make homemade pizza, I always add artichoke hearts to mine. It is good, but I wanted to make it taste even more artichoke-y. That is where this concoction came from. It was born out of my undying love of artichokes and boredom one afternoon.
Tell me I am not the only child who “invented” recipes. When I was 10 I was bound and determined to invent a brand new salad dressing. For days I blended things in my mom’s blender that had no right to be mixed together. Needless to say I never came up with the next big thing in salad dressing. A part of that child is still in me and for once in my life, blending things up in the blender had a yummier outcome.
- 12 ounce bottle of Marinated Artichoke Hearts
- 1-2 cloves of Garlic (depending on their size) or 1 tablespoon of Minced Garlic
- 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan Cheese
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 5-6 Fresh Basil Leaves
- Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
This makes enough sauce fo either two batches of cheesy bread or a cheesy bread and a pizza. I feed five guys at my house so I opt for the 12 ounce bottle. If you need to make less, use the 6 ounce bottle of marinated hearts and reduce the other ingredients by half.
My favorite brands for marinated artichoke hearts (don’t buy the canned plain hearts) are Napoleon and Reese.
Like I sad, I made this to go on pizza, but one day decided to put it on cheesy bread sticks. It was a HUGE hit with the kids. They like it better than regular garlic spread. We may have had it with dinner three different times last week….
I always add feta before topping it with mozzarella.
I use the same recipe for the bread sticks as I do for pizza. I shared my 30 minute pizza dough recipe HERE.
Do you make homemade pizza or breadsticks?