Appetizer Recipes

dreamstime-16305616.jpgKurt's Artichoke Dipping Sauce
I love fresh artichokes from Castroville California and prepare them any chance I get. I came up with this great dipping sauce.  
Smash four artichokes on the counter pointy side down…not too hard, just enough to open them up a little. 
Turn them over and drizzle with California Olive Oil Company “Delicate” EVOO, dust with fresh ground pepper and steam for one hour.

Mix together 3 Tb of California Olive Oil Company “Delicate” EVOO, 3 Tb mayonnaise, 3 Tb grated parmesan cheese, 2 Tb fresh lemon juice, ½ tsp freshly ground pepper, and a dash of salt.

"Enjoy - Kurt"


Fresh Herb Dip
One bunch fresh parsley, washed and trimmed ( about 1 cup loosely minced)
One bunch fresh cilantro, washed and trimmed (about ½ - ¾ cup loosely minced)
¼ cup diced red onion
2-4 cloves garlic – minced
3 Tb raw apple cider vinegar
¼ - ½ cup California Olive Oil Company Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh black pepper
Other fresh herbs to taste including marjoram, savory, rosemary, and oregano
Put parsley, cilantro, red onion, garlic, and other fresh herbs in food processor, salt and pepper in food processor and blend quickly until combined. Add apple cider vinegar and olive oil and blend to desired consistency.  Serve with your favorite bread or crackers. 
*Add nuts to make a pesto, or more olive oil and vinegar to use as a salad dressing or as a topping on meats, fish, etc.