Posted by: Deana | July 6, 2008

Z’s favorite artichokes

We found this recipe recently and it’s Z’s favorite way to eat artichokes…

  • 2 large artichokes (about 1 pound each)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 T butter

Rinse artichokes under cold water, and use a sharp knife to cut the top 1/3 off of each one. Trim the stems to about 1 inch, and remove the smaller leaves from around the base. Use scissors to remove any remaining leaf tips. Cut each artichoke in half from the bottom to the top, then use a spoon to scrape out the hairy choke. Rinse again to remove any residual hairs

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, and saute for about 1 minute to flavor the butter. Arrange artichoke halves cut-side down in the skillet. Saute for about 5 or 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Reduce heat to low, and pour in about 1/4 cup of water, cover, and let steam for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the artichokes are tender. A fork should easily pierce the stem.

This week we made artichokes the same night we had pasta, and we put bacon in the tomato sauce.  So instead of butter we cooked the artichokes in bacon grease – YUMMY!

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