Artichokes may seem like a pain to prepare, but their rich flavor is so worth the extra effort. From giant green globe artichokes to tiny purple artichokes, there's so much variety in this thistle. Use jarred artichoke hearts in a pinch, baby artichokes that you can grill and eat whole -- whichever you pick, these artichoke recipes sure to please the crowd at your Meatless Monday table.
An easy artichoke pasta is the perfect vehicle for serving your favorite organic marinated artichokes. This pasta is ideal for evenings where you barely have the time to get dinner on the table: in the amount of time it takes to boil a pot of pasta, the sauce, made with slightly mashed artichokes, lemon, garlic, and herbs is ready.
Reprinted with permission from “The Summer Table” published in 2015 by Sterling Epicure. Text © Lisa Lemke. Photography by Asa Dahlgren
If you can get your hands on some small spring artichokes, this grilled artichoke recipe is a delicious way to serve them. The grilled artichokes are par-boiled in a seasoned court-bouillon before being grilled and topped with a simple gremolata made with lemon and parsley. It'll soon become one of your favorite artichoke recipes.
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Artichokes are a common pizza topping -- you'll find them as one of the four toppings on four seasons or four stagioni pizza or shaved raw atop white pizza bianca. In this artichoke pizza recipe, they're paired with spinach and mushrooms and served atop a whole wheat crust with herbed tomato sauce.
Recipe from Small Gatherings by Jessica Strand (Egg & Dart Press, May 2013)
Spinach and artichoke dip is a classic for a reason, but this version lets artichokes be the star of the show. This version is actually a lot lighter than many, with just artichokes, olive oil, a touch of parmesan, garlic, mint, and lemon. You can add a few spoonfuls of ricotta to it for a creamy pasta sauce, or simply enjoy it as-is with crostini or crudités.
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