The ancients considered the artichoke full of health benefits, including uses like a diuretic, a breath freshener, and even a deodorant. Thankfully we’ve developed different forms of deodorant over time.
Grandma DiDi grew up a few miles away from the artichoke capital – Castroville – and recalls it being a staple at the dinner table when she was growing up. We hope to pass the same memories onto the cub. And this veggie is a good source of folate, dietary fiber, and vitamins C and K. Artichokes are also packed with antioxidants; they’re number 7 on the USDA’s top 20 antioxidant-rich foods list.
The cub begins by seasoning the water, that we used to steam the artichoke, with herbs, garlic and oil.
While the cub takes an apple juice break, she watches Grandma DiDi carefully cut and trim the artichoke outer leaves.
The cub can’t wait to use the scissors to help trim the leaves.
While the artichoke steams on the stove, the cub helps prepare the dip dip.
The base of ours is greek yogurt. You can also use plain melted butter or mayonnaise as a dip.
The cub added mustard to the yogurt.
Then curry for added flavor. She mixed it up and waited for the artichoke to finish cooking.
Once the artichoke was complete, the cub dug in with a big munch! She loves artichokes!
Enjoy! What kind of dip do you like to use when eating an artichoke?
Artichoke and Dip Dip
- Fresh artichokes (as many as you would like)
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp dried Herbs de Provence or oregano
- Enough water to cover half of the artichokes
- 1/2 cup good plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 – 1 tsp curry powder (depending on your taste – start light)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Wash the artichokes well under running water; pulling leaves out a bit to rinse away any dirt or residue
- Trim top off with serrated knife and pull outer smaller leaves. If you want, snip all leave tops off with scissors (this removes little stickers on tips of artichoke leaves).
- Place right side up in saucepan that will comfortably hold the number of artichokes you are cooking. Fill with water to about half way up artichokes.
- Add oil, herbs, and chopped garlic to water.
- Place artichokes on stove over medium heat and cover.
- Cook for 30 – 45 minutes or until artichokes are tender when heart is pierced with a knife or fork. When the artichokes are done, drain all of water off and turn them upside down to make sure all water is out. (keep an eye on water level – it can evaporate so you may need to add more hot water during cooking time)
- To make dip, blend yogurt, curry, garlic powder and mustard together. Cover and let sit in refrigerator for an hour.
- Artichokes can be eaten hot, warm, room temp or cold and hold for days in refrigerator after being cooked.
- When choosing artichokes at the market, look for those with leaves that are tightly closed and when the leaves are squeezed gently there is a squeaking sound. These are the freshest!
- Artichokes can also be placed on a steamer plate to cook.