Thursday, August 16, 2012

Artichoke Goodness


I love artichokes I always have.  My dad particularly liked artichokes and I remember him when we were younger fixing artichokes for us and he taught us how to eat them, and boy were they good!  I always have fond memories regarding artichokes, and I have had them numerous different ways.  However as we all know artichokes can be very pricey in the stores.  Right now at my local wal-mart they are 2.99 for some rather sickly looking artichokes, so I was thrilled to get these beauties.  

I belong to a produce co-op in my neighborhood which  I love, every week we are able to get some amazing produce at amazing deals, so its always exciting to see what I will get with this weeks produce basket.  This week I got numerous different things, but the highlight was large, beautiful, earthy green artichokes!  I was so excited.  It was my birthday this week, and these made for the perfect birthday treat for me!  I do however wish my parents would have been there to share them with me, because I know they would have LOVED them, however I guess that's what happens when you live in different states.   There are tons of different recipes for how to prepare artichokes, the following is my favorite way thus far, it is simple, but absolutely delicious!

Roasted Artichokes

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole large artichokes
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, kept as individual cloves
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt & pepper to taste

Preparation:

Rub a few drops of olive oil on foil and place an artichoke stem side down. Stick a clove of garlic into the center and push down an inch or so into the bottom of the artichoke. Sprinkle over 1/4 tsp of salt. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over the top.  Squeezing the half lemon over the top of the artichoke.  Gather up the corners of the foil and press together on top to tightly seal the artichoke (like a chocolate kiss).

Place in a roasting pan and bake at 425 degrees F. for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Let rest for 20 minutes before unwrapping and serving..

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