Sunday, May 3, 2009

Simple Artichokes

So work has been kicking my butt lately, which leaves little time for blogging among other things. Hopefully it'll lighten up soon, but for now, here's something quick and simple.


Ingredients:
- Artichokes
- Water
- Salt
- Lemon juice
- Garlic
- Mayo

Directions:
- Use a vegetable peeler to get rid of the tough skin on the stem, cut in half, scoop out the furry insides.
- Sprinkle on a bit of salt and a squeeze of lemon and toss them in a steam tray in your pressure cooker and for a about 15 minutes or until they're soft. If you don't have a pressure cooker, boiling, steaming, grilling and even microwaving are all acceptable cooking methods. They just might take a bit longer.
- In a separate bowl, mix mayo, minced garlic, lemon juice and salt to taste.
- Peel each leaf of the artichoke off one by one and dip the ends in the sauce.
- Fight over the stems and heart of the artichoke :)

Told ya it was quick and simple!

27 comments:

Recipe man said...

ha! i always fight over the stems and try to be the first to gets it.
this looks real good and easy recipe

thanks

Lori Lynn said...

I made artichokes today too.
Fight over the heart, haha.
LL

brannyboilsover said...

I've only tried making artichokes once. It was a bust. Maybe I'll try again with this recipe.

doggybloggy said...

mighty quick and mighty simple - time to get some artichokes!

Elra said...

OMG, I love making artichokes this way too. Have you ever tried to make your own mayonnaise? It's delicious.

That Girl said...

I make mine even easier - we dip ours in clarified butter!

Anonymous said...

I love simple recipes...even more when it is tasty...great idea since artichokes are is season.

Juliana said...

Great... the sauce looks very yummie...love the simplicity of the recipe.

Patsyk said...

so happy you shared how to do this in the pressure cooker! I can't wait to give this a try!

Joie de vivre said...

I am a mayo with artichokes girl, my husband eats them with butter! Who knew?!

Reeni♥ said...

These looks so delicious! And the bonus is their so easy to make. Yum!

Sara said...

I love simple artichokes! I've been seeing some really nice artichokes in the market.

Carolyn Jung said...

I love cooking artichokes in my rice cooker. I can only steam two at a time, but they come out perfectly, and I don't even have to keep an eye on them. I just have to wait for the "ding'' that sounds when they're done.

Jennifer Carden said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog...I hae yet to see the slap chop, these have been around forever though.
I couldn't buy anyhting from that guy, although I almost broke down for a Snuggie!!

Sophie said...

He, Gaga!

I love this yummie recipe! Looks lovely! Yum!!
Thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my food blog!

Jo said...

I've not had an artichoke before would you believe it but I've heard that they are really tasty.

lisaiscooking said...

Delicious! Great way to enjoy artichokes.

foodhoe said...

Sounds so easy, I have never cut them in half like that... only had them barbarian style I guess but what a grand idea! I bought a bag of small ones last week and have been ruining them by roasting - I think this steaming method sounds much better.

stephchows said...

I've never used fresh artichokes and recently watched a show on how to prep them... it seems like you throw out half of them??? It seems like such a waste, it doesn't look like you trimmed off as much though??

gaga said...

Elra - I've never made my own mayo because we use fat-free and I don't know how to make a fat free version (I know, I know, *hangs my head in shame*). I'd love to try one day though!

That Girl - Clarified butter sounds yummy too. I'll give that a try next time.

Carolyn - I never thought about using my rice cooker but that sounds like a great idea. That thing is so versatile, I love it!

foodhoe - I find cutting them in half makes it easier to scoop out the furry insides. It's not as pretty, but I'm all about being lazy :)

stephchows - yes you end up tossing a lot of the artichoke and it does seem like a huge waste. I try to minimize how much I cut out, leaving as much of the edible stuff behind.

MaryBeth said...

I can so relate to the work issue, they changed my hours so now I get home later and it is so hard to do the cooking, pictures, comments and posting. I have not had these since I was little and I loved them, I really need to make them and see what I think of them now

Olga said...

You can make it even quicker my microwaving it!

5 Star Foodie said...

I saw some gorgeous artichokes at farmers' market in California when I was visiting there this weekend and I really would love to make some soon. Yours sound delicious!

Daily Spud said...

I cooked some artichokes for the first time in years last week - just steamed and eaten with some lemon mayo - simple and delicious, just like yours!

finsmom said...

What great sounding artichokes! I bet my sister would go crazy for these!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

My all-time favorite vegetable and you've prepared them perfectly!

Very Nice! :) ~m.

Janet_Gourmet traveller88 said...

I have never used artichokes in my cooking, my next quest ; ) Have to try your recipe, looks yummy.