My Tuscan Life

Almost Raw Artichoke Dip

In my holiday book I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas I have a full fat, rich, dense and yes tasty artichoke perfect for the winter festivities. For this year’s Christmas Eve party being raw and all, I had a craving for that particular dairy filled dish but alas it was not in the cards for me. I decided to develop a vegan, relatively low fat and equally delicious version. All the ingredients save the artichoke hearts are raw. It turns out that even on a raw diet artichokes must be cooked, they are bitter and difficult to digest when raw so in this recipe I used artichoke hearts marinated in olive oil. I am proud to say the dip was a hit just as much if not more than the sour cream, cheese and mayonnaise laden variation. Although the first time I made this I accompanied it with raw vegetables and flax crackers, as I was short on time I chose to serve the dip with kamut grissini (Italian bread) sticks for easy dipping. My guests were blown away I am thrilled to report. This is not too garlicky, a perfect dish to be served at your New Year’s Eve party. Can be made a day ahead.

Almost Raw Artichoke Dip

2 cups soaked mixed nuts (cashews, pine nuts and blanched almonds) or just blanched almonds

2 cups water

2 jars (6.5 oz.) artichoke hearts in oil (drained)

1/4 cup raw Tahini

2 garlic cloves roughly chopped

juice of two lemons

1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

Salt and pepper to taste

In the large bowl of a food processor fitted with the S blade add the nuts and water and process till smooth. Then add the remaining ingredients and process till incorporated and smooth.

Transfer the dip into a bowl and chill for at least an hour. Garnish with drizzled olive oil, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, freshly chopped parsley or dairy-free pesto and raw olives and a sprinkle of paprika.



Posted On
Dec 31, 2011
Posted By
Dianna "Mama D" Chenevert
Posted On
Feb 15, 2012
Posted By
Mark Schneider

Anna, Found your site by accident being a family who loves organic..great Recipes! You sound like you might be in the area of a very good friend of mine’s winery! Please check it out it is Casali Di Bibbiano in the beautiful town of Bibiano, sounds like you are close bye! Go say hello to Alberto the owner and check out his excellent wines, Alberto is an Italian from Philadelphia! I hope you have a great life in Tuscany!

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