So I’ve had these three large artichokes in my refrigerator for over a week now, which is about 7 days longer than I should have neglected the little darlings. Anyway, I needed to use them up and frankly my husband was not properly impressed with my last effort which involved the whole trimming and steaming process. I even made a nice aioli dipping sauce. I think the dainty pulling off of the leaves and taking a tiny nibble from the very bottom of each leaf just seemed a little silly to him. So anyway, back to the three on hand…. What to do….Okay, so I thought let’s just go right to the “heart” of the matter (a little humor). I removed the hearts and broiled them with Olive Oil, Garlic Salt, Pepper, and then topped them with grated parmesan cheese. I didn’t even take pictures of the process because I wasn’t going to blog it, but here’s the thing , I garnished the plate with Tai Basil flowers and chopped Tai Basil leaves and the presentation was so pretty I just had to share it with you. The process was super easy too so give this a try……
Bring a large pan of water to a boil ( large enough for 3 large artichokes)
Boil those bad boys for 10 minutes and then turn the heat off and allow them to “sauna” for another 5 minutes.
Remove from the water and when cool enough to handle, slice right down the middle from top to bottom, so you have two halves.
Remove the heart – minus the choke from each half. Place on baking pan and spray with olive oil. Sprinkle garlic salt and pepper over each. Broil until just a little color is showing. Then sprinkle the top of each with grated parmesan cheese – Return to broil until cheese is melted.
Garnish plate with chopped herbs. This is where a little personal herb garden comes in very handy. See my post titled Herb Garden.
Oh, and by the way, hubby liked it – a lot! We are looking forward to the next time our Bountiful Basket has some artichokes for us!