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.


15 Comments (Reply )

  1. Alex @ IEatAsphalt
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 9:48 am

    This sounds amazing. Anything with Boursin is bound to be delicious.


  2. TheHealthyApron
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 10:33 am

    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!


  3. Veggies, Cake and Cocktails
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    You’ve done it once again! You posted a dish that I NEED to make. It sounds so good and I’m a huge fan of green olives!


    • Emily
      Nov 19, 2010 @ 11:13 am

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


  4. Mo@MommyRD
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    Funny, I’ve just come to adore olives and think I would LOVE this combination. Great recipe!


  5. kate
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    i agree! aps, salad and dessert and i am happy lady :)


  6. Sharon
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 2:49 am

    Anything with olives will walk into my mouth…


  7. charlotte
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

    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!)


  8. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

    I love the idea of this! It’s seems like a nice alternative to the standard spinach and artichoke dip and anything with green olives has my vote :)


  9. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 3:24 am

    I love that this artichoke dip uses Boursin instead of mayonnaise! I have no doubt that I’d gobble up the entire bowl if I made it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  10. Holly
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    this gives me hope i may also enjoy this dip, because i don’t like olives either :)


  11. Trish
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    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!


  12. Dana
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 8:57 am

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


  13. pharmacy technician
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

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