Updated 04/01/2011 05:00 AM
Recipe: Roasted Baby Artichokes
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6 as a side
- 2 pounds fresh baby artichokes
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Approx. 4 cups water
- 1 pound baby potatoes, cut into quarters lengthwise
- 2 small, or 1 large onion peeled and rough chopped
- 1 Tbs fresh chopped thyme (optional)
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup olive oil for generously coating veggies
- salt and pepper to taste
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Olive oil as needed (twice the volume of lemon juice is good)
- Approx. 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley (or mint)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Pull off a few layers of the darker green outer leaves of the baby artichokes....until you see a lighter green color on the inside.... And then cut the top 1/3 of the artichoke off....use a small paring knife to lightly peel the stem....cut it in half lengthwise....and add it to a bowl of water that has had lemon juice or white vinegar added to it.
Once those are all prepped, quarter 1 pound of baby potatoes and rough chop 2 small onions.
Drain the artichokes really well, add those to a larger mixing bowl with the potatoes and onions and add 1 Tbs of fresh chopped thyme if you like.
Then add about 1/4 – 1/3 cup olive oil ….season with salt and pepper to taste....spread everything out on a heavy bottomed baking tray and pop it into the preheated oven.
They'll take just about 40-45 minutes to roast and, while that is happening, you'll have plenty of time to make the dressing by squeezing the juice of 1/2 lemon into the mixing bowl....adding twice that volume of olive oil and adding a bit of fresh chopped parsley and whisking it up.
Stir the artichokes and potatoes around a couple of times while they're roasting and....then, while everything is still nice and hot....add it to the mixing bowl with the dressing, toss to coat and it is good to go!
Substitute fresh chopped mint for the parsley or us a combination of both.
Unlike larger artichokes, baby artichokes don't have an inedible inner core.
Depending on how many dark green leaves you remove before roasting, some of the outer leaves might still be a little tough.