Who in their wildest imagination first thought to eat an artichoke? First of all it is a thistle flower bud with lots of prickly thorns all over it. To eat the petals you scrape the “flesh” off each one with your teeth, then finish it off by eating the “heart” portion in the middle. I am imaging some Ancient Roman tween daring his kid brother, “Hey, Augustus, I triple dog dare you to eat this…” And a culinary treat was born.
My Dad used to joke they were just an excuse to eat the dip they were served with. But, he grew them and we all ate them frequently every spring. Ma’am, having grown up in Texas and Alaska, had never seen one before she came to visit my Dad’s parents before they were married. No one told her not to eat the petals whole. She thought they were rather chewy, but still delicious. Let’s just say, she had more than a few days worth of fiber in that one artichoke.
Artichokes are easy to prepare if you just remember they have thorns so you want to grab them from the bottom instead of the top.
Next get out the kitchen shears and trim the thorns off most of the remaining petals.
Finally cut off the top 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch.
Then boil it until a fork easily goes into the bottom of the stem. Usually about 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the artichoke.
And as for the dipping sauce, I like a nice simple sauce Ma’am used to make with ketchup, mayonnaise and horseradish. It is also good with beef fondue, crudities, French fries, onion rings, etc.
For more great recipes and craft ideas check out these sites:
Pinterest Foodie Link-Up (Spring Butterfly Cupcakes, Crockpot Granola Bars)
Lovely Ladies Linky (Skinny Cheesecake Brownie Bites, Quinoa Mexican Stuffed Peppers)
Fabulously Frugal Link Up (Honey Garlic Crunch Chicken Tenders, Chocolate Banana Split Cupcakes)
Foodtastic Friday (Japanese Melon Bread, Orange Chili Salmon)
Until next time, happy eating.