Artichoke tapenade with rosemary oil: A perfect tapa!


Hello everyone! This is one of those recipes that you just love because it is not only delicious but also easy! It is a perfect appetizer that you can quickly put together! The artichokes are wonderful with a homemade rosemary oil. Making your own rosemary oil sounds like it would be hard, but it is quite simple and well worth the effort. And it is quite cheaper than the ¨gourmet¨oils that they try to sell you in the supermarket! This was chosen as this week´s recipe for the cooking group that I joined called Cookthebookfridays which is cooking its way through David Lebovitz´s book  My Paris Kitchen . I loved making it and I am going to make it again tomorrow when Barcelona and Real Madrid play their big match. I used the rosemary oil afterwards by toasting some bread and drizzling a bit of oil on top. That is a typically Spanish thing to do but it is taken to a whole new level withthe rosemary flavour. If you are interested in making these, here is the link!



I am looking forward to seeing what the other participants thought of this!

Have a good weekend!

xxxx Natascha

57 thoughts on “Artichoke tapenade with rosemary oil: A perfect tapa!

    1. Hi! Thank you so much! I buy canned artichokes because it is much easier than preparing the fresh ones! The recipe includes green olives and capers and it really is lovely! 😍😍😍

    1. Thank you so much! There are rosemary bushes growing in a park near to where I work. I just go there and clip away! I never knew that rosemary had purple flowers but if I am not mistaken, it is related to the lavender plant! 😙😙😙😙

  1. It sounds like an interesting recipe, and very healthy. I don’t think I’ve ever made any sort of oil from scratch, though knowing how clumsy I am, I’d probably end up with oil all over me.

    1. Hi! You know, I am a bit clumsy too. I wear an apron and still get a bit messy !😊 You could do it too. It sounds a bit daunting but you can surprise yourself! I hope you try it and don’t doubt yourself xxxxxx

  2. I loved this one too. I kind of thought of it as antipasta and just paired it with a few other dip/salad type things. But you are exactly right, one could also easily have called my meal tapas.

    1. Tapas meals are lovely! I don’t think I appreciated them as much until I got to know Spanish culture. Having several dips, salads or starters is really lovely, especially during warmer weather! This tapenade is a perfect tapa! 😙😙😙😙

    1. Hi! No, I didn’t! Near to where I work there is a park that has loads of rosemary bushes! At first,I didn’t even realise that they were rosemary until I picked them and could smell them. I had never seen them blooming before! Beautiful!

  3. This looks delicious. All one really needs is some bread, olive oil and good wine. I once tried to make my own Rosemary oil intuitively – it got moldy. I see here I should have heated things – must kill off any bacteria.

    1. Thank you so much! Yes…the wine and the bread are a must! 😉 I have had the same experience as you in making rosemary oil. Like you say, the heating must kill off the bacteria! It is so easy to make and tastes lovely! Enjoy your weekend! 😙😙😙😙

  4. I loved how easy it was to make the rosemary oil and how much flavour it adds to the artichoke dip. So worth making! Your tapenade looks beautiful and I like your idea for using up the last of the rosemary oil, too.

    1. Yes! I had this idea that the oil would be hard to make. It was so simple and pairing it with the artichokes is a genius idea! In Spain, it is popular to toast bread and pour oil over it for breakfast. And they sometimes put freshly grated tomato on top. I am getting hungry just thinking about it!! 😂

  5. Looks great, Natascha, and I love the rosemary blooms–we have rows of chest-high rosemary bushes along a fence on our property and it’s just gorgeous in the spring. Thanks for the oh-so-simple idea to drizzle it on toasted bread! I’m thinking breakfast (or any time of day, really, but it’s almost breakfast time here, so…)!

    1. Thanks so much! The idea was not mine! That is a typical breakfast or snack in many parts of Spain. Just love it! And sometimes they add freshly grated tomato! 😍😍😍

  6. And that’s part of the beauty of the recipe is that the oil and tapenade can be used in so many ways. Do you have a Rosemary bush in your garden? We lived in Australia once and had a rosemary bush…which we made good use of!
    Love your photos!

    1. The flexibility is wonderful! I don’t have a garden. Near to where I work there is a park with loads of rosemary bushes! They are so beautiful and I go there with a bag and clip a few sprigs! Australia must have been lovely! Thank you so much xxxxx

  7. Oh, what a pretty post, so many beautiful photos. Love the rosemary ones. I googled the soccer score of Barcelona and Real Madrid and saw that RM won. I don’t know who you were rooting for but, hopefully, Real Madrid! I agree with you about the rosemary oil. It just adds a more sophisticated level to this wonderful tapenade.

    1. Thank you so much! I love the rosemary ones too! Yes, I was going for Madrid! We were thrilled with the outcome! The oil was a revelation. So easy and I felt so proud knowing I did it myself! We loved this tapenade and will definitely make it again. Thanks again and have a super day 😙😙😙😙😙😙

  8. How many clubs are you in? And where do you find the time? I would have been happy with just your herb infused oil and bread, but I share your fondness of artichokes, this looks delicious!

    1. Haha! I am in just one club! Thank God! And we make two recipes per month! I usually make the goodies on weekends! Artichokes are so yummy! You have such good taste…just like me! Hahahaa!

  9. I wasn’t that happy with the outcome of El Clasico (my great-grandfather hailed from Cataluña), but there was nothing but love for this artichoke spread. I can only imagine how great it tasted with big, meaty Spanish green olives.

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