Veggie Resolution #8: Sauteed Artichokes

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Last week, I received a super sweet package in the mail.  My friend Kim (you may know her from her fun blog!) sent over a box of baby California artichokes for my birthday.  I posed a few for the photo above, but as you can see, there’s a lot more where that came from:

So many artichokes!!!  I LOVE artichokes in any preparation, from sauteed, to steamed and leaved, to grilled to in-a-dip, to on-pizza, so I was super excited to have so many ‘chokes to play with.  Thank you, Kim! 🙂

I prepared several different artichoke dishes this past weekend (and I still have ‘chokes to spare!) and am not nearly artichoked out.  Today, I’m going to share a saute recipe.  Since I was working with baby artichokes, I pretty much sauteed the heart as well as the more tender leaves.  If you’re using larger ‘chokes, you may want to strip down to the heart.

You will need:4 baby artichokes

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp minced parsley

Note: I realize now that some of you may have not prepared artichokes before. Unfortunately I didn’t take photos of that, but I will put together a step-by-step post for the future; stay tuned!

1. Prepare the artichokes.  First, trim the stem and remove tougher outer leaves. Cut pointy leaf tips and remove top 1 inch of the artichoke.  Then, slice prepared artichokes in half.  If you see some fuzzies in the middle (this is technically the choke), scoop it out with a spoon and discard.

2. In a large pot or saucepan, bring enough water to a boil to cover the artichoke halves. Once water is boiling, add the artichokes and boil until hearts and leaves are tender. This took me about 10 minutes – it can take longer for larger veggies.

3. Drain boiled artichokes and pat dry with a paper towel.  Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pan.

4. Add artichokes to the pan, turning a few times until they are nicely browned (this took me about 15 minutes).  Season with salt and pepper and lemon juice, to taste.

5. Top with Parmesan and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.

Yum!  Stay tuned for more artichoke preparations!

How do you like your ‘chokes?

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    July 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I love artichokes too! This looks like such an easy and delicious recipe. 🙂

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    July 11, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Those look so delicious!! Yum!! I haven’t made any artichokes in a long time, now I want to.

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    July 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Yum. That’s a great birthday gift. I pretty much love anything with artichokes as well. Looking forward to more recipes and tips for cooking them.

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    July 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I love artichokes and what a great veggie choice!


    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

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    July 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    What a sweet birthday surprise!
    I forgot to tell you that I used your asparagus recipe, and the boy and I LOVED it. Every time I cooked asparagus before, they got really mushy, but I followed your directions exactly and they were crisp and tasty.

    I’m going to try out cooking the ‘chokes now. 🙂

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      July 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      Yay, I’m glad the asparagus worked out! 🙂

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    July 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I rarely eat chokes but my mom usually either use it in soups or for herbal tea. Weird right? I guess I’m not a big fan of creamy vegetables [0.o]

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    July 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Love artichokes! I’ll admit I’m a little nervous to try and prep them – I’m excited for your how-to post 🙂

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    July 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    what a great birthday gift. I love artichokes, especially grilled. mmm

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    July 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I want to eat this like, RIGHT NOW! I love artichokes in any form too!

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    July 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Very tasty. I love it.

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    July 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    the artichokes look so pretty arranged in a bowl like that. also looks like it turned out so well/yummy!

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    July 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    i’ve never really cooked with artichokes just because i wasn’t sure how to cook them. this is a great recipe and now i can definitely try it 😀

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    Meister @ The Nervous Cook
    July 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Artichokes intimidate me so much that I’d have to answer that I like my ‘chokes when someone else cooks & delivers ’em to me! But I sure do love the things.

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    July 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Those look so delicious! I usually just steam them and dip in butter 😉 But I might have to stray from that the next time I pick u artichokes!

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    Dawn {The Alternative Wife}
    July 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I LOVE artichokes! But I never made them before. This recipe looks great and I’m definitely going to give it a shot..maybe at the beach this weekend 🙂 xoxo

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    July 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I LOVE artichokes but I’ll admit – I’m terrified of making them, so I’ve never tried. :/ I need that step by step instruction, please! 🙂

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    July 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Hey Serena,

    I never thought of eating whole artichokes before…I do love artichoke dip! Love your new blog look! 🙂 Hope you are doing well. <3

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    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    July 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    You changed your blog template and design..looks fantastic! I love your dish, and photos too! Very testy looking and delicious!!!

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    Fresh Garden
    July 12, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Absolutely wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the visit. 🙂

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    July 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I’m very intimidated by artichokes, but I think I just need to woman-up and make some. This looks like a great simple recipe.


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    July 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

    can’t wait for the post about prepping artichokes–i definitely need instruction on that. this recipe sounds delicious!

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    July 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I love artichokes! Your recipe with parm sounds just right 😉

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    July 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Yum. I can’t decide which is more beautiful: the raw or cooked artichokes.

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