Friday, February 14, 2014

Baked Artichoke

I love the artichoke hearts in a jar covered in oil. But every time I have tried a cooked fresh artichoke I have been disappointed. So I did some research and decided to try baking it! I was quite happy with the result!

1 Artichoke
2 cloves of Garlic
1 Lemon
Olive oil
Salt (I use coarse sea salt)

Preheat oven to 400*
First cut the stem off all the way to the bottom of the artichoke. Then cut about an inch off the top so you can see all the layers of leaves on the inside.

Slice up the garlic. Spread the leaves apart and stuff the pieces of garlic in between the leaves. Next place to artichoke into aluminum foil, but don't close it up yet! squeeze half of a lemon into the leaves, and then drizzle in some olive oil. Top it off with a generous amount of salt and then close up the aluminum foil.

Set it in the oven and bake for 1 hour. If you are using a really big artichoke it might take a bit longer.

--I also made a dip for mine--

3 TBS Mayonnaise
1 TBS Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper

It was actually pretty good! I just got a few Artichokes from Abundant Harvest, so I will for sure be doing this again!

Oh and don't forget to get the heart before you throw it all out!!

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