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Whole Artichokes: The Unexpected Family Dinner Favorite


It’s spring, and after a long winter, it’s fantastic to see green coming up in the market and for the seasonal vegetables to start appearing where we shop. One of our kids’ favorites is artichokes. While I can think of several adults who wouldn’t jump in to eat a whole artichoke, my four-year-old is over the moon when they appear on the dinner table. My two-year-old rips petals off to drag across his teeth with joy, and the older kids fight over who gets first dibs on seconds.

Our favorite ways to eat artichokes:

Grilled: These are perfect when you are serving other grilled foods, as they can just get added right alongside your steak or chicken.

Roasted (and stuffed): Roasting artichokes brings out a very nutty flavor in the artichokes. We recently stuffed them full of a quinoa salad that was made with the artichoke juices and then scooped with those petals.

Steamed Artichokes:
Rinse and clean artichokes, cutting off the tip and any thorns, if desired. Rub with lemon juice and add to a pot with an inch or two of water. Heat over medium-heat for 25-40 minutes (depending on size of the aritchokes) until outer leaves are tender and pulled off easily.

Serve with dipping sauces like aioli and hollandaise or stuff them full of tasty salads, whatever your favorite way is to eat them.

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