thanksgiving 2010: green olive & artichoke dip

Appetizers are my favorite part of any meal, and I would be more than content with a Thanksgiving meal comprised of all appetizers. Seriously, I don’t even need the turkey, stuffing or mashed potatoes – just pass the apps and I’m happy. If artichoke dip is involved, I’m even happier.

When I came across this recipe that included green olives, I had to give it a try. One problem: the Taster doesn’t enjoy olives like I do. One solution: add them anyway and see if he notices :) He wasn’t crazy about it, but thankfully it wasn’t too overpowering and I loved the salty flavor the olives bring to the dip so much, I think they’ll be in every artichoke dip from now on – sorry Taster! ;) I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Green Olive & Artichoke Dip - 6-8 servings adapted from Bon Appétit

  • 2 cans artichoke hearts
  • 3/4 cup green olives (I used large ones from olive bar)
  • 1 round (5.2 oz) Garlic & Find Herb Boursin cheese (or other soft cheese)
  • 5 oz shredded parmesan (1 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup basil, chopped
  • naan for dipping

Pre-heat oven to 375°.

Add artichoke hearts and olives to food processor. Pulse until chunky. *Be careful to not over process!*

In a medium sized bowl, combine artichoke and olive mixture, Boursin cheese, 1/2 of parmesan cheese and basil. Stir to combine.

Press into 8×8 glass dish and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese. Bake for about 40 minutes, until golden brown.

Serve with warm naan or baguette slices.



  1. says

    Omg, that looks wonderful! Believer it or not, I have never heard of appetizers at Thanksgiving! haha I guess my family is one where they starve themselves all day in prep for the feast haha. I always eat though! I would LOVE to make this though!

  2. Emily says

    If you like olives then you will most likely love it! Olives + Artichoke dip – what’s not to love?

  3. says

    Artichokes are my fave veggie ever!! I will be making this one for sure. (Although I lack a food processor… me and my knife will be getting busy!)

  4. says

    This is a great appetizer idea. It seems rather easy to make and I bet it’s packed with flavor. I love olives and the Boursin spread. Yum!

  5. says

    This sounds so delicious! I absolutely love olives, too. Thanks for all of the Thanksgiving posts… I always like new holiday recipe ideas!

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