I’ve shied away from artichokes in the past because I thought they might be tedious or messy to prepare, or take up quite a bit of time. As most cases go with food, it turns out that they’re much easier to cook than I’d initially imagined. In fact, this recipe is incredibly simple and hassle-free and I’ll definitely be eating them more often. They taste delicious and Mediterranean and they’re very nutritious (added bonus).

I was rather appalled when an online search revealed that Americans tend to eat it dipped in mayonnaise. Just to make things clear, I’m a rather big fan of mayonnaise but I know very well that if I dipped something with such a delicate flavour in it, then that would all be lost.

I’m also aware that many Maltese people stuff their artichokes with canned tuna, garlic and parsley. I haven’t tried it this way, but it doesn’t sound half as bad as dipping it in my mayo in my opinion.

On with my version –

Chop off the excess stalk of your artichokes close to the flower, so that it can sit/stand (crouch?) unaided on a flat surface.

You will need a chunk of butter and a couple of cloves of garlic. Chop both into slices small enough to fit between the leaves of the artichoke and stick them in at random. You may want to increase of decrease the amount according to taste. You may also decide to omit either of these ingredients (or both, if you don’t fancy them).

If you have a steamer, the artichokes will need about 25 minutes on medium heat. You will notice that they are done because the colour will go from bright green and purple to an olive green or grey.

Serve with a very good olive oil drizzled over it and perhaps some balsamic vinegar if you like. This dish goes really well with tasty Mediterranean produce like olives, tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, capers, bruschetta mix and so on.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted March 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Interesting!! 🙂 Hope you didn’t throw away the stalk. It is the best bit. Steam it with the rest of the artichoke and enjoy. Tastes just like the heart. yum!

    • Posted March 5, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for pointing this out! I’ve started trying to use the ‘bits’ that we usually chop off and throw away in quite a few vegetables. It didn’t occur to me for quite a while though 🙂

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