Artichokes are such a funny vegetable, whenever we eat them we always comment “who decided to try to eat this and why”
Being Italian I was not raised to eat the artichoke the traditional way, with mayonnaise or with melted butter. My mother would make the artichokes steamed and with so much flavor we didn’t need the mayo or butter. I remember making these for my ex-husband and would go crazy because he only knew the one way of eating them. We would sit there, dirty fingers, rice, and the steamed artichokes and would be in heaven.
Did a little research on the artichoke, here are 2 things you should know:
- Originated in the Mediterranian, Italy (go figure)
- Prime time is spring and fall
The fact that the artichoke originated in Italy, which was unknown to me, amazes me, as I always thought it was an American dish! This recipe was not prepared to be posted on my blog, as I posted a photo on instagram (come like me there) and received over 500 likes on it, so I edited the photo and commented: “recipe coming next week”.
For this recipe, remove the stems, trim the tops, add oil, salt, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and oregano. Cover artichokes 1/2 way with water, cover pan and let the artichokes steam in the water for about 45 minutes. Remove and enjoy, no mayonnaise, no butter just artichoke!
Fresh mint was added to the artichokes I made at home but it is not necessary. You can enjoy these artichokes as a side dish or a main meal. For this batch, I removed the liquid that was left behind and made an artichoke soup (from the broth) out of it, it was fabulous!
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Thank you again ~ Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum