Artichokes have arrived at the farmer’s markets and I’m lovin’ it! I have a great way to cook these up and my family loves it. They’re actually super spoiled ’cause they won’t eat them any other way!
They’re not so pretty at first, but with a pair of kitchen scissors you can turn these thistles into gems and get rid of the pokeys too.
Isn’t that beautiful? I see a quilt pattern in there somewhere…. On with the recipe. You will need the following ingredients:
- 4 artichokes (only 3 fit in the picture)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
I like to microwave the butter and garlic together for about 30 seconds. One of my favorite smells – garlic in the kitchen!
You will want to steam the artichokes. This could take up to 30 minutes. When they’re cooked, the leaves should pull away easily and it should be tender to bite.
Once cooked and cool enough to handle, you need to spread apart the leaves like so:
Now for the good part – with a spoon, drizzle the garlic butter in between the leaves.
It’s o.k. if some of the garlic stays on top. Easier to get to! Next you will add the parmesan cheese. I use my hands to do this and it gets a bit messy, but it’s so worth it! Again, some of the cheese will stay on top but most of it should be in between the leaves.
If you have made these ahead of time, you can cover them and reheat in the microwave just before serving. If you’re ready to put them on the table right away, you might want to give them a quick minute in the microwave to melt the cheese a bit more.
Also on the menu is angel hair pasta with marinara sauce, butternut ravioli with brown butter and sage, and bruschetta. Gotta love those Italians!
I was having so much fun eating that I almost forgot to take this last picture!
This sounds delicious!!! I’m definitely doing this with my next artichokes!
Apart from food use, the globe artichoke is also an attractive plant for its bright floral display, sometimes grown in herbaceous borders for its bold foliage and large purple flower heads.,,-:
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I’m so jealous- the farmers markets don’t open for another couple months around here! I am hosting an artichoke-themed linky party as part of our Fresh Produce Tuesday series at 2 Sisters 2 Cities. I would love it if you linked this recipe up!
This really is the BEST way to eat an artichoke!
Yes, Kelly, you should know! It’s been on the dinner table since your were a baby!
Ah the other hidden talents of our quilting friends. That looks wonderful Julie – thanks for sharing it!
You’re welcome, Elise. We quilters need to keep our strength up and there’s nothing like good food to do it!
I am coming over for dinner! You quilt beautifully and you’re also a gourmet cook!
Oh my, does this look good!!! I am drooling. Need to get us some artichokes!
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