Saturday, 20 April 2013
Let's Try Artichokes!!!
Ok, I know I am deviating from the original plan of pies....but I have to admit, I am finding it hard.....so why stick to that plan....it my blog, I can do what I want!!!
Soooo, artichokes.....I have always been intrigued by the big ol' bulb shaped things as I pass them in the grocery store, but then the curiosity has always turned to trepidation....until now! I bought my first artichokes!!!
I am excited to try these babies, and have done some research in how to "deal" with them. Doesn't seem too bad actually. I'll let you know in a couple of hours.....
I LIKE THEM! Neat little things....Though the person who first tried them must have been quite desperate for food, and then pleasantly surprised that they were actually a good little morsel. All I did was prep the artichokes by taking off the stem and also cutting a couple of centimetres off the tip. I then cut the tips off the artichoke's "leaves" with scissors. I then put them in a pot of salted water (half way up the choke) and poured 1/4 cup of lemon juice on top of them. This prevents browning. They were then steamed for 35 minutes. I served them with a lemon butter.
To eat the artichoke you place the "leaf" in between your teeth and scrape the meat out of it as you pull the leaf out. (seriously, I had to watch a video on it) hardcore stuff here...:)
(my plate "apres" enjoying - yes I speaka de francais)
The second recipe saw the steamed artichoke sliced in half length ways, the "choke" removed and then a topping of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, basil and parsley sprinkled on top. I then baked the artichoke for half an hour at 375 degrees. ALSO GOOD! (sorry no pic - I forgot as I oohed and ahhhed and devoured....)
Recipe for topping:
1/4 cup of bread crumbs
2 tablespoons of diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1 teaspoon of dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese
Place artichoke in a baking dish. Combine ingredients and sprinkle on top of steamed artichoke. Cover dish with tinfoil. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes, taking off tinfoil half way through. Enjoy!
What should I try next????