I very much enjoy artichokes. I have had them only a handful of times before, all of which have luckily been documented on the blog.
I have enjoyed artichoke hearts with lemon, honey, dates and walnuts, artichokes with risotto and sausage, and one of my favorites – artichokes on pizza! All of which have been awesome and leaving me wanting more artichokes!
After seeing them all over the produce section I decided to face my fear and attempt to make my first artichoke!
This doesn’t look so scary, right? It’s actually very pretty looking, I love the green coloring. But don’t be fooled, this vegetable has some prickly parts!
The sad thing about artichokes is about only 10% of the actual vegetable is edible. Most of it gets thrown away. A big chunk of the outer leaves must first be torn off and then you slice off the top inch or so of the artichoke. The only edible part of the plant is the flower base.
If you don’t slice off the top section of the ‘choke you will get prickled! So reader beware! I might have pricked my finger once or twice peeling off the leaves!
Artichoke Health Benefits – One artichoke contains approximately one fourth of an average sized adults fiber needs. The artichoke is also rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and magnesium!
I have some conversations with Sabrina about what exactly to do to prepare the artichokes. I watched her ‘How To Prepare Artichokes’ video and learned a lot.
After you sliced and dice the ‘choke and its ready to go, you toss it in boiling water, bring it back to a boil and then let it simmer for about 45 minutes under the artichoke is soft.
While that was rolling I decided to make some pasta and pasta sauce to go along with the ‘chokes. I used my Lucini Hearty Artichoke Tomato Sauce (which was sent to me to sample), because I thought it would be a great compliment to the fresh ‘chokes I was making!
After 45 minutes, the artichokes were easily peeling apart in the pot of water on the stove. I drained the water and then had to sort through what was edible and what wasn’t which was a pain. I don’t think I peeled off enough of the top layer of the ‘choke before I put it in the pot, but eventually I got most of the edible bits out.
I immediately added some to the pasta sauce.
The meal turned out pretty good. It was a great way to integrate fresh artichokes into my dinner. It was very yummy and it’s always great to try something new in the kitchen!
Have you ever made fresh artichokes before? What’s your favorite way to eat them?
I would love any other suggestions/recipes you may have. I will definitely be making artichokes again soon!