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Artichoke Salsa Recipe

Updated on October 21, 2014

Artichoke Tomato Salsa Recipe

Cooked Salsa Recipe
Cooked Salsa Recipe

Artichoke Salsa Recipe

This artichoke tomato salsa recipe was literally conjured up on the spur of the moment, within seconds. I was cooking an omelette and a baguette with Molly The Food Hoarder when I looked into her pantry and saw a jar of artichoke spread. I thought to myself "Self, haven't we been promising to start coming up with ideas to make some recipes highlighting artichokes?" Self agreed that we had so I accepted the challenge. Spinning like a ballerina, a VERY MANLY ballerina, I might clarify, I whipped open the refrigerator door. Yep, just as I suspected I would find, a jar of garlic paste.

Since the perfect omelette was nearly cooked, I knew I didn't have much time and so the pressure was on. I snatched up a small saucepan from the top if the washer/dryer that was jammed into the kitchen, European style, and slapped it on the stove top. With a deft twist of my wrist, I had fire!

It was not a non-stick pan so I quickly sliced a slab of butter and slid it into the saucepan. While it was melting I demonstrated superior knife skills in dicing a tomato. A tomato which, I might add, was a little past it's prime since a certain someone keeps buying food no matter how much they already have crammed into a teeny tiny kitchen (yes, I mean YOU, Molly!)

Into the hot, buttery pan went the tomatoes. Lid on top to trap in the heat and steam so that the tomatoes would cook faster. A quick wrench of my hand saw the lid of the artichoke spread twisted off and I deftly scooped a dollop of it into the heated tomatoes. With the back of a fork (who doesn't have a wooden spoon in their kitchen?) I mushed the tomatoes and artichoke together.

A scoop of garlic paste into the mix along with salt and pepper and the concoction was complete. Lid back on to help bring it all up to temperature while I plated the world's most perfectly cooked omelette. Some of the salsa went directly on to the omelette, some on to a toasted baguette. Both were delicious.

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 7 min
Yields: 4 x servings

Ingredients

  • 1 x Tomato
  • 1 x Tablespoon of Artichoke Spread
  • 1 x Clove of Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Tomato Artichoke Dip

Garlic Artichoke Dip
Garlic Artichoke Dip

Cooking Instructions

  1. Dice the tomato. You could even use canned, diced tomatoes but you would want to cook it for another ten minutes at least to get that tinny flavor out of them before you added any of the other ingredients.
  2. Heat a saucepan and toss in the tomatoes. If it's not a non-stick saucepan then you should add some butter and melt it first. You can also use oil but, let's face it, butter just tastes better and gives the dish a more deliciously decadent quality.
  3. Add one tablespoon of your favorite artichoke spread and, with the back of a fork or a wooden spoon, mash the artichoke together with the tomatoes.
  4. Crush and dice the clove of garlic and toss that into the saucepan with the artichoke and tomato blend.
  5. Stir it all together for three to five minutes to heat and combine flavors. Add salt and pepper to taste.

A Great Base

I like to make a salsa like this or a sauce and then add to it to transform it into something new and different from the starting recipe. I almost always have some left over after the original meal so, rather than throw it, out I like to add new things to it to transform it into something different than what I started with.

For example, with this salsa I added a little Tabasco brand hot sauce for acid and a bit of dried chili powder for some kick and the results were lovely. The addition of sauteed onions and roasted bellpepper was also a great idea and including toasted mushrooms is always an amazing idea in almost any recipe.

Chipotle Tabasco

To be honest, on the second day, If I had any of my favorite hot sauce, Chipotle Tabasco, in the cupboard (unusual for me not to have any by the way) then I would definitely have added that first and seen how it tasted before adding any other ingredient. I think the mixture of tomatoes and artichoke lends itself very nicely to something that it both spicy and smokey.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      You sound like me in the kitchen! lol! throw a few things together and voila! I would change your title to Artichoke Salsa Recipe, you want your amazing recipe to hit the google headlines don't you? LOL!

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      Nell, thanks for the great idea! I'm changing the title right now. Much thanks! And congratulations on the success of your I was a 70's go-go dancer hub by the way. Every time I look it has a new comment!

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      June Parker 2 years ago from New York

      Glad the title got changed to something more appropriate for a recipe that sounds so good!

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      Hey there, KonaGirl, good to see you again!

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      June Parker 2 years ago from New York

      Holy cow! Didn't realize it was you Dale. So good to see you too!

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      I kinda miss squidoo and some of it's better features (like being able to transfer lenses) but it's nice that the bloggers (like you!) came over to a single place rather than spreading out all over the blogosphere.

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      June Parker 2 years ago from New York

      Me too. I have been working on setting up my own websites so haven't done much work here yet. I have to get to it though because my lenses did not transfer well and I have too many links for HubPage TOS. It has been a HUGE revenue loss.

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I would have never thought to combine artichoke and tomato, but it sounds delicious! I´m always happy to have a new sauce recipe. Thank you!

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      Send me the address to your websites and I'll come visit =)

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      Try it, you will definitely enjoy it!

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      June Parker 2 years ago from New York

      Only one so far with 29 page/posts and not finished yet. WP has been a learning curve as I haven't built a "real" site for 7 year. I have forgotten so-o-o much.

      http://christmastablescapedecor.com/

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      Looks good so far! The great thing about WP is that there are soooo many forums and tutorials on how to do everything. Good plugins too!

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      June Parker 2 years ago from New York

      Thanks Dave. It's getting there. Squidoo was so much easier and so profitable. Trying to recoup 7 years of work is so fun. LOL! Only 350 more to go! What a hoot.

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      Indian Chef 2 years ago from New Delhi India

      Never had artichoke before so i might try to find them in local market , and if they are available i would give it a try

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      I hesitated for YEARS before trying artichoke and now i actively look for recipes for an excuse to eat it. Hope you like it

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