Artichokes come with a few fun facts. First, although they are enjoyed as a vegetable, they are in fact a kind of thistle† Second, they were declared The Official Vegetable of California back in 2013! Despite this fascinating trivia, the artichoke can seem a bit of a puzzle to newcomers.
We will, artichokes can be eaten hot or cold. The ‘leaves’ around the head can be removed individually, dipped in something tasty and nibbled at the base to get to the ‘fleshy’ part.
When all the ‘leaves’ are removed, a fuzzy center remains at the base – the heart. This is the part that is most commonly eaten and enjoyed in all kinds of recipes.
Artichokes are incredible nutritious and are rich in vitamins C, K, and folate (B9), as well as minerals, such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. They are low in fat and high in fiber. They are also touted as having some of the highest antioxidant levels in the vegetarian world.
Check out these inspiring OGP recipes that take the mystery out of the artichoke.
1. Artichoke pesto
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You can buy fresh artichokes and remove the hearts yourself or buy ready-made hearts for this delicious Artichoke Pesto from Julie Zimmer. This creamy and rich artichoke pesto is great for dips, pasta dishes, pizza, stews and salads. Fresh basil and parsley connect the flavors with more traditional pesto.
2. Green Pea Fusilli Salad with Orange Citrus Vinaigrette
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This green pea fusilli salad with orange citrus vinaigrette from Julie Zimmer is light and fresh and packed with vitamins, minerals and protein. The green pea fusilli adds a good helping of protein to the meal, while the greens add nutrition and texture. The artichoke hearts give a ‘meaty’ dimension to the meal.
3. Beer Battered Artichoke Hearts
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Check out these Beer Battered Artichoke Hearts from Jennifer Rose Rossano if you’re looking for a tasty party snack to share. The artichoke nuggets are great appetizers to dip into your favorite sauces. A cool and creamy vegan mayonnaise dipping sauce would do the trick.
4. Creamy artichoke and hearts of palm spread
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This Creamy Artichoke and Hearts of Palm Spread from Gabrielle St. Claire is delicious and versatile. Kale, artichokes, hearts of palm, olive oil and a perfect blend of spices come together to make a spread that works on toast, as a dip or served with a large green salad.
5. Scratchless Cakes
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These Crabless Cakes by Robin Coarts and Jules Schnedeker are delicious with a salad or a delicious portion of the main course. Artichoke hearts are combined with paprika, corn, vegan mayonnaise and breadcrumbs and then baked into golden patties. Old Bay seasoning gives them that hint of “seafood” flavor.
6. Spinach and Artichoke Souffle
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This spinach and artichoke souffle from Jennifer Rose Rossano is a nod to soufflés with its fluffy, ‘cheesy’ tofu and veggie filling. If you’re short on time, you can always use ready-made pastries. Either way, this would make a great breakfast or brunch on a special occasion.
7. Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Orzo
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Clean and simple ingredients make up this Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Orzo from Kristen Genton. It’s a super quick dish to whip up, making it perfect for weeknight dinners. It would also be a great crowd pleaser for a potluck.
8. Smoked Tofu and Artichoke Spinach Sandwich
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There’s a lot going on with this Smoked Tofu and Artichoke Spinach Sandwich from Plant Tribe, and it all works! Artichoke and spinach hummus is spread on toasted bread, then piled with smoked tofu, sautéed balsamic red pepper and onions, and fresh vegetables. Get your hands and chops around this sandwich for a mega lunch.
9. Artichoke ‘Lobster’ Roll
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This Artichoke ‘Lobster’ Roll from Zsu Dever is a vegan version of a classic New England dish. Artichoke hearts, vegan mayonnaise, and a little dulse and Old Bay seasoning—for that “ocean” flavor—combine to make a great comfort food sandwich.
10. Artichokes and Rice
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This dish with artichokes and rice from Lenia & Dimitra is a great side, or serve yourself a large bowl for a comforting and warming main meal. Sweet and simple ingredients come together to make a meal ideal for weeknight dinners.
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