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Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Tomatoes

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But don’t be fooled by the name “baby artichoke” as they’re not “baby” or “immature” artichoke at all. An artichoke plant will sprout several regular sized artichokes near the top of the plant and much smaller ones near the bottom of the plant, which are labeled as “baby artichokes.” Clever marketing, eh? The smaller artichokes have the same flavor the big boys, but have no prickly hairs in the center, so they’re much easier to prepare.

This week’s Spring Fling with my friends is all about celebrating artichokes!

 

How to Prep Baby Artichokes

The baby artichokes are a little larger than the size of a golf ball (try not to buy any larger than that) and they’re very easy to prepare. The first step is to cut off the top portion of the artichoke.

Now peel and snap off the first two layers of leaves until you reach pale, smooth leaves.

Just like this:

The entire tender center is edible. Slice them just like this:

Oh, about 1/4″ thick:

Let the slices soak in lemony water so that they don’t discolor.

When I’m ready to cook, I like to put all of the artichokes into a salad spinner to dry them completely.

Heat a large saute pan (or wok!) with olive oil and saute the artichokes for a few minutes.

Then add the garlic slices (if you had added garlic first, they would have burned)

Give ‘em a good toss until the garlic becomes fragrant.

Throw in some chopped fresh tomatoes.

Season with salt, pepper.

Squeeze in lemon juice.

Pour in wine and broth.

Cover and let the artichokes cook through on medium heat.

Finish it off with some fresh parsley.

Serve while hot!

 

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Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Tomatoes

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes
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Choose baby artichokes that are a little bigger than a golf ball but no larger than that (or you'll have to deal with prickly centers). The smaller the artichoke, the more tender. Choose artichokes that are bright green with as few dark spots as possible .

Ingredients:

1 pound baby artichokes
1 lemon, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1-2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
salt and pepper
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (or other fresh herb like basil)

Directions:

1. Fill a large bowl with cool water, Take just one of the lemon halves (you'll cook with the other half) and squeeze the juice into the water. Go ahead and throw in the spent lemon into the water too.

2. Prepare the artichokes by cutting off and discarding the top 1/2" of the artichoke. Peel away the first couple of dark green layers of the artichoke leaves until you reach pale, smooth, light green leaves. Slice the artichoke into 1/4" slices. Place slices into the lemon-water. Repeat with remaining artichokes. You can do this step ahead of time and refrigerate until ready.

3. Just before you're ready to cook, place the artichokes into a salad spinner and remove all of the water (or you could pat very dry with towels.)

4. Heat a large saute pan (I prefer a wok) over medium-high heat. Swirl in the olive oil. When hot, add the artichoke slices. Try not to overlap the slices - spread them out all over the pan. You may want to cook this in two batches if your pan isn't large enough. Cook for 2 minutes and them toss to flip. The artichokes should be nicely browned.

If you're cooking in two batches, go ahead and dish out the cooked artichoke and brown the second batch. When second batch is done, add the first batch back in the pan.

5. Add in the garlic slices and saute until fragrant, tossing frequently. Add in the tomatoes, season with salt and pepper. Give it another good toss. Pour in the wine, broth and squeeze in the juice of the remaining lemon half.

6. Bring to simmer, cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Give it a taste - adjust with salt and pepper if needed. Is the artichoke tender? If not, cover and cook for another minute. Finish with fresh parsley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments 35

  1. George

    This looks really good, but I can never find baby artichokes. Maybe it’s just because they look similar, but I think this recipe would work with brussel sprouts too.

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  5. Kirsten Wanket

    I LOVE your Spring Fling idea! I’m going to the farmers market Sat and trying out a few of your recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    Would love to share some artichoke recipes with your wonderful readers….Check out:

    http://www.californiaoliveranch.com/recipes/Appetizers-Sandwiches/roman-style-artichokes.aspx

    http://www.californiaoliveranch.com/recipes/Appetizers-Sandwiches/Lemon-and-Olive-Oil-Roasted-Artichoke-Quarters.aspx

    http://www.californiaoliveranch.com/recipes/Entrees-Main-Dishes/FennelBraisedwithArtichokes.aspx

    Hope your readers enjoy! I’m definitely returning for Strawberries….can’t wait.

    Thanks, Jaden!

  6. The Duo Dishes

    We haven’t worked with the babies, only the big guys. The little ones seem a lot easier to prep, which saves some time in the kitchen when you’re doing a lot.

  7. Rita Held

    As a super practical cook, I enjoy the sweet flesh of artichokes the simplest way I can — steamed, with a yummy, easy dip: http://getcookingsimply.com/?p=2702
    Artichokes are plentiful here in coastal northern California. With our cool spring this year, they are still available at local farmers markets and grocery stores. Not all that common for late May.

  8. Katie@Cozydelicious

    I adore baby artichokes. I usually enjoy then raw – they are great in salads. But this recipe looks awesome. I need to go find some baby artichokes!

  9. Brenda S 'Okie in Colorado'

    I can’t wait until I can try this recipe!

  10. Maureen

    This dish is beautiful – I could look at it until it got cold. I’ve never seen baby artichokes at any of the greengrocers here but I have my heart set on making this recipe!

  11. Jeanette

    What a beautiful dish- the photos are really helpful! I’ve never made fresh baby artichokes because it seems like so much work, but you’ve inspired me to try it as I love fresh baby artichokes when I eat out!

  12. Marge

    I know what I am having with dinner tonight. Nah, I don’t want to wait that long– maybe they’ll be lunch instead.

  13. scarlet

    can you tell me if anyone has ever made this and they taste bitter? these are brand new baby artichokes from whole foods?

  14. City Girl to Country Girl

    Thank you for giving that tutorial. I always stare at the artichokes at the supermarket wondering how in the world to prepare them! It looks good. Must def. try this recipe soon.

    City Girl to Country Girl

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  16. jayssupertowels

    This was a hit. My husband and three kiddos were very skeptical. The kids had never tried artichokes before but they ended up having seconds! Even my husband admitted it really was good. It’s a keeper.

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