6.16.2011

The Very Heart of It: Artichoke Recipe

Artichokes remind me of long summer days at the beach followed by delicious BBQs in the warm evenings. If that doesn't come to your mind, it's probably because you have never tried this delicious artichoke recipe. Artichokes are not only tasty but very beautiful. I was getting some serious inspiration while making this recipe last weekend - once the artichoke is cut in half it is gorgeous. The purple and green combination of color would be great for interiors or wedding colors. The texture of an artichoke is also fabulous - I wanted to turn it into a stamp and paint my walls! Anyways, I am getting sidetracked - This recipe is easy and scrumptious - perfect for an appetizer or a side dish - this Father's Day weekend is a great time to try it out on your family!

Cut artichoke in half. Clean out the purple and hairy part.
You can score this part with a knife first and then scoop it out with a spoon.

After cleaning out the middle of the artichokes, they should look like this.

Steam artichokes for about 25 minutes.

You will know they are ready when they are tender and turn this dull-ish green color.

Melt one stick of butter and 2 tbsp of garlic over stove (can use more or less garlic depending on taste)
It's kind of a gross picture so just don't think about it too much!

Place steamed artichokes in a 9 x13 dish

Drizzle melted garlic butter over artichokes and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes at 375 or until cheese melts.

ENJOY!  Be sure to eat the heart of the artichoke - it's the best part!



Source: Love.Inspire.Create

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