When you get a rare opportunity to buy the small violet artichoke with the stalk, do it…

    Remove the outer leaves and slice the top of the rest of the leaves. cut stalk, but leave 5-7 cm. sit on. Cut artichoke lengthwise and remove the small fiber who sits in the middle, use a spoon.
    The small artichoke is now ready for cooking.

    Baked violet artichoke with small tomatoes, garlic and thyme.
    4 people
    8  violet artichokes
    20 small cherry tomatoes with stem
    1 whole fresh garlic
    10 sprigs of thyme
    ½ dl. olive oil
    3 tbsp. cider vinegar
    Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

    Clean artichokes so that only the bottom and the innermost leaves on (see above)
    Cut the artichokes  and remove the fibers with a spoon.
    Add half the artichokes into a bowl with the cut surface facing up.
    Cut garlic into coarse pieces, rinse the tomatoes and thyme in cold water.
    Add the garlic, tomatoes, thyme, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper over the artichokes, so they all get marinated
    Put the artichokes in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes at 140-150 degrees, stir around in  the artichokes while they bake, so they keep juicy and does not become dry, while they baking
    Take the artichokes out of the oven and serve them as an accompaniment to fried fish, poultry or light meats or as a starter with good bread
    The artichokes can also be  used cold  in salads .


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