Artichokes are on sale at the fruit and veggie store this week. I've never tasted one before so I thought it would be my new veggie of the week. Any suggestions on how to prepare or cook this interesting looking vegetable? Thanks.
artichoke is yummy with spinach in a "cream sauce"
i make "chicken fettuccini alfredo" or calzones with artichokes.
i fry in oil cut up pieces of yves "chicken" patties w/garlic and basil/oregano.
once well browned and juicy i add cooked eggless noodles or fettuccini noodles, steamed broccoli, artichoke and spinach.
I then add melted earth balance (vegan butter) in a cup with soymilk. probably 3/4 cup "butter" and 1/2 soymilk. once melted i add tons of italian seasonings.
pour mixture in with the "chicken" and broccoli. then i mix (well) some flour and soymilk. (just like for gravy) pour this in with the "chicken" mixture. cook over med heat until nice and thick. serve with salad and garlic bread.
i do the same for the insides. i make a artichoke, garlic, spinach and mushroom mixture with "alfredo" sauce. i put this mixture on the pizza dough and then fold over so that it looks like a calzone. i brush with olive oil and sprinkle seasonings on top then bake at 350 till golden brown. i serve this with my favorite spaghetti sauce on the side for dipping.
Cut end opposite stem, so that it can sit flat and the pointy parts are gone. Place in enough water to cover, along with 2 t red wine vinegar for each artichoke. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until stem is tender - so that you can easily stick a fork into it, but it is not falling apart.
(usually about 20 - 25 min.)
Take out of water and allow to cool 10 min +
Each leaf has a soft part that you can eat by scraping it with your bottom teeth...but first I dip in either salted Earth Balance or Earth Balance with salt and nutritional yeast. (Melt the margarine)
Inside is the "heart" which is great, but you need to remove the fuzzy stuff with a spoon...the you can eat what is left including about an inch of stem. (I usually end up using 2 - 3 Tablespoons of "butter" for each artichoke.)
Gia always wants an artichoke with her birthday dinner!
I love artichokes but I have never bought them whole. I buy them in a jar and they are marinated. I cut them into pieces and saute them in a pan with olive oil, garlic and a can of diced tomatoes. Then I just put in on pasta! Sometimes I'll add some oregano or parsley! Delicious!!
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