Sunday, October 9, 2011

Artichoke Pesto Crostini

Even though I work for the nations largest provider of video services I do not watch much TV.  When I do though, I spend a disproportionate amount of time watching the Food Network.  I think it is unfortunate that they do almost no programming focused on plant based eating but I do get a lot of good ideas for recipes by watching.

This particular recipe was featured by Giada DeLaurentis.  It was vegan right up until the end when she mixed in Parmesan cheese. Not surprising as she seems to want to add cheese to EVERYTHING.  I followed the recipe pretty closely just changing the proportion of ingredients based on the package size of the artichokes that I used.

This would be a great party hors d'oeuvre or first course for a nice dinner.  I promise you will not miss the cheese and it will be that much more healthy!

And I was able to use the leftover pesto in another recipe. Stay tuned for that in a future post.

Artichoke Pesto Crostini

1 12 oz package frozen artichokes, thawed
1 1/4 cup parsley
3/4 cup walnuts
2 cloves garlic
3/4 cup + some extra for brushing  olive oil
1 loaf baguette or other crusty bread sliced 1/2" thick
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Place all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor or powerful blender.  Blend ingredients and slowly add the olive oil until the mixture is relatively smooth.

Heat a gas grill or grill pan on medium heat. Brush the bread slices with the rest of the olive oil on both sides and grill until nicely toasted. Remove from heat.

Top each bread slice with some of the pesto mixture and serve.

Note: I had a fair amount left over. I think this would be great over pasta with some Kalamata olives for garnish.


  1. This would be lovely for a party. I'm totally trying these :)

  2. Thanks - that recipe looks great! I thought I accidentally visited the wrong blog seeing the Foodie Blogroll photo of oysters (that looked similar to the artichoke crostini!) before the recipe. LOL

    Anyway, I can't wait to try the artichoke crostini as I am always buying those frozen artichokes at Trader Joe's.

  3. Thanks Nanette for letting me know about the Oyster ad. I am going to reach out to them to see about removing non vegan ads :) I hope you enjoy the crostini! I did!

  4. I would love some of this right now!