adventures with artichokes.

artichokes make it great.

let me confess something: i love artichokes. particularly when packed in oil, or brined. or, when i don’t have to prepare them. but, at the market today i found myself faced with whole artichokes, at a good price. and who wouldn’t pick some up? except, how to prepare them?

turns out, they’re a pain in the arse to prepare. very demanding, needy vegetables. it will take a lot of desire from me to want to prepare them again. but, they were good. oh, they were good. just not, y’know, middle-of-the-week-lunchtime good.

pan-fried artichokes
2 artichokes
juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
(optional: some pancetta or prosciutto, because that never hurt anything)

prepare the artichokes, as outlined.
quarter the artichokes and put into a saucepan with the juice of half a lemon (to prevent browning)
cover with water
bring the water to a boil and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes
pull the artichokes from the water and pull the leaves off
pour oil into a small saucepan and bring to medium heat
throw the leaves into the pan along with the juice of half a lemon, salt and pepper and prosciutto (if using).
fry the artichoke leaves for another 5 minutes on a medium heat until lightly browned

i put these on top of a panini, along with oven-roasted plum tomatoes. really, really delicious. especially for a weekday.

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One thought on “adventures with artichokes.

  1. ooooh just eat them boiled dipped in butter. Then the PITA part comes when you are eating them, not in the preparation. But you will be rewarded at the end with the delicious artichoke heart…I need to go find some now.

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