This lemon artichoke pesto makes a delicious appetizer or side dish that you can put together very quickly. (It’s also a great way to use up lots of fresh oregano!)
About the recipe:
This pesto is fresh, herby, lemony and has great umami from grated Parmesan cheese and chopped pine nuts. It has a nice, sort of chunky consistency and the chopped artichokes give you something to bite into. Serve it with baguette for a delicious vegetarian appetizer or as a side dish with chicken or beef.
- You want to get canned artichoke hearts that are labeled small and tender. (There are usually 8 hearts in one 14-ounce can.) Larger artichoke hearts are too tough for this recipe.
How to make it:
This is a very simple recipe. Finely chop the artichoke hearts, the oregano and the pine nuts, then mix all ingredients together. Chopping all the fresh oregano leaves will take a little while but even so, the recipe comes together in 15 minutes.
How to serve it:
Serve the pesto cold with fresh baguette slices as an appetizer. You can also serve it as a side dish for chicken or beef burgers.
How to store leftovers:
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Lemon Artichoke Pesto with Fresh Oregano
- 8 canned small artichoke hearts,* drained
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice, more to taste
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ cup finely grated Parmesan
- ½ cup finely chopped pine nuts
- ½ cup finely chopped fresh oregano leaves (you need about 24 six-inch sprigs for that)
- Finely chop the artichoke hearts. Transfer to a bowl.
- Add all remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Season to taste with more lemon juice and serve with baguette.