Monday, May 23, 2011

A Kicked Up Artichoke

Serves 2-4
2 Large Artichokes, trimmed of outer leaves, stem, and prickly leaf tips (I use a serrated knife)
2 Heads of Garlic, cut in half horizontally to expose cloves (there is no need to peel)
1 Lemon, quartered 
1 T. Olive Oil
2 T. Sea Salt 
1 T. Black Pepper
  1. Find a pot, with a fitted lid, that will fit the artichokes side by side. Place the artichokes in the pot, bottom-side up. 
  2. Add garlic, lemons, salt, and pepper to the pot and drizzle with olive oil. Add water to about 1/3 up the artichokes. Cover.
  3. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Steam for 25 minutes (will depend on the size of your artichokes), or until a knife pierces the flesh easily.
  4. Use a slotted spoon (you can also use a spatula or regular spoon, you will just want to make sure that the water is drained) to remove the artichokes and drain excess water. Transfer to a plate or platter and sprinkle with fresh herbs, if desired. 
  5. Serve with Homemade Mayonnaise (add fresh herbs to make it even more flavorful), Lemon Wedges, Thyme and Garlic-Infused Olive Oil, or Finely Shredded/Ground/Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese (if you eat dairy). 


The "Primal" Version


winegirl27 said...

This looks so yummy and easy too...I can't wait to try it!

stace said...


jencereghino said...

Really easy and super tasty! :)

Nikki said...

I'm on a totaly artichoke kick right now. Try your recipe, but cut them in half lenghtwise clean out the choke, put them in a pyrex pan and pour about a cup of chicken stock over them. Cover with foil and bake at 400 for 1 hr. SO GOOD!

jencereghino said...

Nikki~ That sounds awesome!

Nicole Chu said...

I made this recipe (in the oven as suggested by Nikki) and it was soo amazing!! Thanks!