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How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke?


pgtx 30 | 3,158  
18 Mar 2009 /  #1
i need you to help me out here, please...

how do you cook it? how do you eat it, only with a dip?
any ideas and hints?
niejestemcapita 2 | 561  
18 Mar 2009 /  #2
u boil it pgtx and serve in with vinaigrette or mayo, u serve it whole and pick off the leaves yourself and dip them and bite off the soft bit, leaving the rest.

Its all abit fiddly and messy.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
18 Mar 2009 /  #3
I didn't know what an artichoke was.
What does it taste like? (please don't say it tastes like an artichoke)
niejestemcapita 2 | 561  
18 Mar 2009 /  #4
What does it taste like?

green wee. But the mayo is nice.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
18 Mar 2009 /  #5
green wee

Ok, lets pretend I don't know what green wee tastes like :)
ragtime27 1 | 146  
18 Mar 2009 /  #6
it taste a little bit like asparagus.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
18 Mar 2009 /  #7
Ah, ok, and what dips work well with them?
guacamole?

Although I like to prepare food by colour, so maybe it is too much green.
OP pgtx 30 | 3,158  
18 Mar 2009 /  #8
vinaigrette or mayo

no any special dip? just mayo?

is it served as an apetizer or a snack or...?

guacamole?

it works great with chips...
ragtime27 1 | 146  
18 Mar 2009 /  #9
you can cook the heart (after removing the leaves&the hairy stuff) in a stew dish with green peas and lamb and rice,iy taste nice.

or grill it and have as a salad with other bits.

use it as topping for pizza MMmmmmm
OP pgtx 30 | 3,158  
18 Mar 2009 /  #10
thanks guys.... i'll give it a try.... somehow... wish me luck...
;)
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
18 Mar 2009 /  #11
What dip are you going to make?.

Oh and good luck!.
OP pgtx 30 | 3,158  
18 Mar 2009 /  #12
What dip are you going to make?.

with mayo, chili sauce, garlic, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper...
or maybe i'll just make spinach and artichoke dip and serve it with seafood...
we'll see...

and thanks!
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
18 Mar 2009 /  #13
with mayo, chili sauce, garlic, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper...

I am not a big fan of mayo for a dip, tastes too heavy but chili sauce, garlic, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper sounds scrumptious :)

I am also like spinach, from my popeye days I guess
OP pgtx 30 | 3,158  
18 Mar 2009 /  #14
tastes too heavy

yeah.... i'll make it 'lighter'...
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
18 Mar 2009 /  #15
how'd you end up with Artichoke, if you didn't know what they were?
OP pgtx 30 | 3,158  
18 Mar 2009 /  #16
i knew what it was, just didn't know what to do with it...
well, i lost a bet...
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
18 Mar 2009 /  #17
i lost a bet...

What's that? :)
OP pgtx 30 | 3,158  
18 Mar 2009 /  #18
i won't say, but i'm glad i ended up only with artichokes...
;)
ragtime27 1 | 146  
18 Mar 2009 /  #19
it's a season veg(April-May) same as Asparagus.

Very popular in France as Asparagus in UK.

Word of advice the smaller the better(not bitter).
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,105  
19 Mar 2009 /  #20
I think boiling it and using it with dip is the worst way of using it. I think that these:

you can cook the heart (after removing the leaves&the hairy stuff) in a stew dish with green peas and lamb and rice,iy taste nice.

or grill it and have as a salad with other bits.

use it as topping for pizza MMmmmmm

are good suggestions. If you're going to do something with it, do something different. ;) Pizza topping is good. :)
OP pgtx 30 | 3,158  
19 Mar 2009 /  #21
do something different. ;)

i just want it to be eatable...
;)
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,105  
19 Mar 2009 /  #22
:) I think you should try this recipe for Artichoke Beef Stew. :)
tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Artichoke-Beef-Stew
OP pgtx 30 | 3,158  
19 Mar 2009 /  #23
for Artichoke Beef Stew. :)

that looks great PD, thanks... i was hoping for something fresh and not from a jar... you know...
:)
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,105  
19 Mar 2009 /  #24
I might try it myself. I found that recipe when looking up info on slow cookers. Needs to buy a new one... :)

You can partially use this recipe but substitute asparagus for artichoke leaves and the greaseproof papers for puff pastry.
lowfatveggiefood.co.uk/courgetteasparagus.htm

Don't make heart shapes in the pastry make squares and monitor in the oven. I made something similar before (using asparagus though) and it was tasty. :)
ragtime27 1 | 146  
19 Mar 2009 /  #25
The only problem with Artichokes,they are time consuming(peeling the leaves).

tip:to avoid the heart getting darker and black,as it happens with aubergines if they get into contact with air,rub them with Lemon.

Don't make heart shapes in the pastry make squares and monitor in the oven

There's no mention of heart shape in recipe,unless you meant the artichokes'heart.
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,105  
19 Mar 2009 /  #26
here's no mention of heart shape in recipe,unless you meant the artichokes'heart.

Yes, it says "Draw a large curve to make a heard shape when unfolded" so I assumed "heard" was a typo for "heart". I feel it's better, if using pastry, to make a square.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
23 Mar 2009 /  #27
How'd it go?
OP pgtx 30 | 3,158  
6 Apr 2009 /  #28
ok... i finally made it last weekend...
and i was improvising... ;)

i boiled it and served with tomato bruschetta... i also bought pita chips (delicious!) and made aioli...
very good for the spring cook out appetizers...
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
6 Apr 2009 /  #29
I don't cook them. I just open a jar. It appears artichokes cook themselves when they are ripe. They even powder themselves with spices ;)
OP pgtx 30 | 3,158  
6 Apr 2009 /  #30
It appears artichokes cook themselves when they are ripe. They even powder themselves with spices ;)

sounds like a perfect world... ;)

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