7 Artichoke Recipes

May  7, 2014

Artichokes are shy little things. When at last they come into season, they emerge with utmost caution, still cloaked in spiny leaves. Press them, and they’ll squeak in protest. Handle them too quickly, and they’ll cut your fingertips. But if you are tender and patient, if you coax them gently from their shells, artichokes will open their hearts to you -- and they will be hearts of gold. 

Once you’ve won them over, artichokes are up for every kind of springtime feasting. Peeled and trimmed, they’ll gladly mingle with spinach on game day or brighten up your roast chicken for dinner. They’ll be your snack, your side dish, your supporting cast. But above all, at the height of the season, they deserve to be eaten simply -- fried to a crisp or grilled, with a zippy aioli for dipping. Grab your paring knife -- we’re giving spring’s shyest vegetable a moment in the sun.  

Carciofi alla Guiudia - Roman Jewish-Style Artichokes by Emiko

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Spinach, Feta, and Arichoke Dip by Oui, Chef 


Heart of Gold by dymnyno


Baby Purple Artichokes Fried in Olive Oil by SippitySup


Artichokes with Parsley and Preserved Lemon Pesto by solmstea


Artichoke Stew with Bonus Appetizer by savorthis


Roast Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Artichoke Hearts by drbabs



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rachael January 25, 2015
the best artichoke i ever ate was in rome. it was served upside down and had a
long stem. it was eaten with a knife and fork. does anyone have this recipe?
i'm new to this web site and just love it.
thank you,
Connie May 9, 2014
I can eat artichokes all the time. I especially love these two recipes.
An I. May 8, 2014
These all look delicious, but you forgot the absolute best artichoke recipe, artichokes alla romana, Thanks
ChefJune May 7, 2014
I dream about artichokes when they're not in season, and have made most of these recipes you've featured. I was surprised you didn't include this one!
Lisa S. May 7, 2014
That ragout sounds delicious!
Lavender May 7, 2014
I dream about artichokes, I like them so much! Those pictures make my mouth water!
Lisa S. May 7, 2014
Lavender, you're a cook after my own heart!
Liz B. May 7, 2014
These look great! But, I have to mention this recipe from LADY + PUPS, aka the coolest food blogger out there: - a clean eating bento blog. Japanese or Asian-inspired!
Lisa S. May 7, 2014
Good call, Liz -- we love Lady and Pups!