Sunday, May 24, 2009

Baked Stuffed Artichoke

Artichoke

It’s been almost a month since the local farmer’s market has reopened for the season causing the produce section of grocery stores to bustle with people as the vegetables and fruits wait for their turn to shine. Artichoke was one of the vegetables that were glowing when I went to a store the other day. Despite the seemingly intimidating shape, having freshly cooked artichokes for a dinner is such a treat.

Artichoke

This is one of those vegetables that I wonder who on earth decided to eat at the first place. It’s spiky, tough, and super fibrous on most parts and the small yet only edible part that lies in the core of the vegetable must be cooked. It has a face of cactus but sort of reminds me of bamboo shoot because they share the category of bizarre looking vegetables and exhibit what appear to be leaves. In both vegetables, the edible part is once again well hidden in the center which requires cooking before consumption.

Baked Stuffed Artichoke

Commonly cooked whole artichokes are eaten with butter, mayonnaise or other creamy dips like aioli. But that seemed kind of boring. So I took the idea of stuffing the artichoke from a recipe I found and completely changed the ingredients. The great thing is that artichoke doesn’t have a strong flavor which makes it like a blank canvas. You can be creative and paint the artichoke however you want with your own taste. What I did was cooked the artichoke first to make it tender. Then I removed the inedible core, replacing it with a mixture of diced tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, cheese and Italian herbs and baked in the oven just until the stuffing was cooked. I didn’t mind being a vegetarian for the day.

6 comments:

  1. Your picture looks incredible, I usually just trim and stuff the leaves with a mixture of breadcrumbs, herbs, cheese, and olive oil and then steam them. I'll have to give your version a whirl

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  2. "Artichoke was one of the vegetables that were glowing when I went to a store the other day."

    It means it's radioactive. Leave it alone. (@o@)

    word verification= "ousequi"

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  3. Your pictures on this blog are incredible! I love the pictures for this post too! Everything looks so appetizing!

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  4. >oysterculture
    Thanks! Yours sounds good too! :)

    >Seiji
    LOL

    >Kamran Siddiqi
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a flattering comment!
    By the way, your blog is beautiful. :)

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  5. You got me there! This flower is one of my favourites and I never tired of eating them. Minimum, I'll have 2 but won't hesitate if offer more :-D My family usually made the standard vinaigrette with steamed artichokes... it may be boring but we couldn't wait to eat them! So, the vinaigrette with mustard is our choice.

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