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Friday, April 8, 2011

Foody Friday: easy artichokes

Last night I stayed up late waiting for the hubby to come home from a Hornets game (his friend took him) and decided to make a little midnight snack for when he returned. I steamed some artichokes and had artichokes with dipping sauce ready for him when he got home, paired with a Grenache (perhaps a sweeter wine would have been a better choice, to balance the lemon in the sauce).
Steaming artichokes:
Wash the artichokes and cut the stems off (leave about an inch). You can snip off the tips of each leaf but it's not required. Put in pot of cold water with several cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed (to smash, put un-peeled garlic on cutting board and lay the flat of a wide knife blade over it. Slam your fist onto it. The peel will easily fall away and the garlic will be sufficiently smashed), a large slice of lemon, a teaspoon of salt, and two bay leaves. Bring to a boil, covered; let cook until outer leaves begin to separate and fall of the chokes (anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes). Drain. Serve warm or cold.
Cooked artichoke: the outer leaves are starting to fall off.

Sauce options are myriad, but an easy one consists of equal parts lemon juice and water with a bit of melted butter or olive oil plus salt, pepper, and garlic. I like to pick out the boiled garlic and mash it in a bowl, then add lemon, water, and butter before heating in the microwave.


  1. Sounds great! And how nice of you to have that waiting for the hubs when he came home!

  2. Ummm, looking at your daily passed Drew Brees?!! wow!!

    You were moving fast Gracie!!! 7:51 pace!!!

    Where did you get your Pharm degree? I used to advised Pharm students at Creighton University in Omaha, NE

  3. Oo, what a yummy little meal. So cute that you waited up for him with a little ap & wine! You are a good wife!

  4. I went to a restaurant once that had grilled artichoke and it was one the best things I ever ate in my life.

    You seem like a great wife btw.

  5. I love artichokes! LOVE! When they are in season, I will buy 10 of them and eat them every day!

    Yeah and props for staying up to cook for the hubby. You are a better person than I am!