Appreciated all around the world, artichoke recipes are popular in many cuisines. They are extremely popular in French Provencal cuisine where you can enjoy them in fricassées, gratins, or simply steamed accompanied by a tangy vinaigrette. Just across the border, Italians will add artichokes to pasta, pizzas or enjoy them simply grilled or marinated as antipasti. While living in the US, artichoke and spinach dip quickly became my favourite dish to serve at parties. Globe artichokes can be complicated to eat but worth the effort. Artichokes are a meal eaten slowly one leaf at a time! The flesh inside the leaves and the heart are delicious. A question I often get asked is how to cook artichokes as this unusual looking vegetable can seem daunting to prepare while in fact, it is quite simple
How to cook artichokes
You can steam or boil large artichokes while small purple artichokes are perfect sautéed or grilled. Other methods to prepare them include marinading, pickling, or even deep-frying.
What pairs well with artichokes?
Bittersweet and nutty, artichokes accommodate a wide range of other ingredients such as lemon, capers, olive oil, cheese, mushrooms, spinach, eggs, tomatoes and cheese. I often use artichokes to bulk up my vegetarian and vegan recipes. They add a hearty bite which is perfect for meat-free dishes like in my vegan Spring Vegetable Paella below.
UK Season: June to October.
Nutritional Content: high in antioxidants, fibre, vitamin C, folic acid, and magnesium. Artichokes help liver function and digestion.