Olive oil dipping sauce with a punch of flavor from olives, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes, anchovies, Parmesan cheese, and basil. Serve with crusty artisan bread for a taste of Tuscany.
Oh yeah, I left out one ingredient from the list above. This ingredient adds distinctive flavor note and is essential to the sauce. It's ANCHOVIES!! If you don't like anchovies, please force yourself to "shake it off". They are cooked in a olive oil and disintegrate when cooked. They do not add a fishy taste and do so much to enhance the flavor of the sauce. If you have never tried anchovies, please promise you won't leave them out if you want to try out this recipe? Deal? You will be doing yourself a favor. No lie.
My favorite bread to serve with this is the crusty artisan type. This appetizer is little taste of Italy. Eating it transports me to the rolling hills, quaint farmhouses, and warm sunshine of Tuscany...a place I have never been but has always been my happy place.