Globe Artichokes à la vinaigrette

‘Tis the season for Artichokes!! Well, not for much longer now, but I sure made the most of it, eating artichokes every week and loving it!

Still not quite getting used to their size here, which I find quite small compared to the French ones, but very satisfying nonetheless! Even though I swore myself to try this great recipe I saw a few months back on Italian Food Safari, I can’t help but go back to that really simple one: boiled, then served with a nice vinaigrette… just yum!

I first cut off the stem really short…

… then the top off the artichokes.

The artichoke is ready for boiling.

After cooking the artichokes for about 30 minutes in boiling water, in which one lemon cut into quarters was added to avoid the artichokes to darken, I drained them as much as possible and place them directly in the plate.

(Not my hand)

I eat my way through the artichoke from the outside, scraping the leaves through my teeth one by one after dipping them into a vinaigrette composed of: salt, pepper, a spoonful of Dijon mustard, chopped parsley, red wine vinegar, a bit of mayonnaise or cream and grapeseed oil. There is really only the white-ish bit of the leaf that is worth eating, the rest is inedible.

After a while I reach a point where there is really not much left to eat off the tiny leaves.

I peel them off, then the kind of hairy fibres that are covering the artichoke heart.

I finally uncover the heart, considered the best bit of the artichoke, and cut it into bits which I also dip into the vinaigrette… it’s crunchy and delicious!

Gosh I love artichokes! They are really tasty and fun to eat! It is a very pleasant ritual, peeling them until finding the coveted heart… yep, that’s my kind of food 🙂

5 responses to “Globe Artichokes à la vinaigrette

  1. Yummy! Incidentally I really like the stalk when the bud is young. Like eating asparagus only sweeter.

  2. I love my artichokes simply done as well. Mum always use to make them and serve them as you have but on occasion also served them with some breadcrumbs browned in lots of butter. Evil and not an every day food, but oh so good.

  3. Not long back from a week near Toulouse and with some of the biggest artichokes I’ve ever eaten.
    I like them simply with good quality salted butter and cracked white pepper.

  4. I love artichokes taste but i hate prepare they. Nice blog

  5. Hi Sandra,
    Thank you for your kind note, it was lovely to meet you at the picnic and look forward to catching up again sometime. Hope you have a great Christmas holiday back in France, with lots of delicious food! I look forward to trying out the artichokes above and your fantastic quiche! Cheers, G

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