Friday, March 25, 2011

Artichoke with sour cream-mustard-balsamico dip

For everyone who thought my diet only consists of meat and chocolate, here is the proof that every so often even I consume green stuff with vitamins in it...

One of my favorite vegetables are artichokes.
They are a good side dish and perfect finger food.
I usually buy the big ones. I remove the stem and cut off the tips of the petals with a scissor. 
After that I throw them into a big pot of boiling water with a dash of lemon juice.
It depends on how big they are but usually artichokes need to cook for around 30-45 minutes.
You know the artichoke is ready to eat when you can easily pull off the outermost petals.

Unfortunately you usually cannot eat all parts of an artichoke. 
Especially the big ones are often hard and spiky.
Here are some instructions on how to eat them properly:
  1. Start at the base of the artichoke, pull off one of the outermost petals. 
  2. Dip the base of the petal into your sauce/vinaigrette. 
  3. Pull the petal through your slightly clenched teeth to remove the soft, tender flesh at the bottom of the petal. As you progress upward from the base, the leaves become more tender, with larger edible portions until you reach the choke (the undeveloped flower).
  4. Remove and discard the "hairy" choke using a teaspoon.
  5. Cut the remaining Artichoke Heart into bite-sized pieces, dip and enjoy!
PS: For the dip mix sour cream, mustard, honey and balsamico vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

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