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Recipe: Nana’s Artichokes

Artichokes are one of those foods that I grew up eating. They were a staple at Sunday suppers and it never occurred to me that it was a food that most 8 year olds didn’t crave. I craved them. I still do.

Unlike a restaurant presentation, we never dipped them in anything and we scrape the leaves completely clean: no just pulling the tender tip off the top. Here’s how my Nana made them.

Nana’s Artichokes

4 artichokes
1 lemon
3 Tbs kosher salt
3 cloves garlic, minced (fresh from a bulb, not pre-minced from a jar)
dried parsley
olive oil

Trim the pointy edges off the leaves with kitchen shears and cut the stem to about an inch long. Cut the lemon in half and rub the juice all over the outside of the artichokes.

In a small bowl combine the salt, garlic, and parsley. Use fresh garlic because minced from a jar adds too much moisture to the salt mixture. Stuff the salt mixture into as many of the leaves as you can (pull them back to “open” the artichoke”).

When all the leaves are well seasoned place the artichokes in a big pot, arranged so that they are all standing up. Fill water to about the half way point. Drizzle olive oil all over the tops.

Cover with a lid and cook on medium high for about 20-30 minutes, or until the leaves are very tender.

Here’s a good guide for how to eat an artichoke.


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