Welcome to the Virtual Vegan Potluck! If you stumbled upon the potluck by happy accident, you’re in luck! You’ve just reached 100+ vegan bloggers, each bringing their own unique recipe to the virtual table. If you were already browsing through the delicious feast, welcome to the next side dish: stuffed artichokes!
As soon as I decided to contribute a side dish, I knew that I wanted to attempt artichokes. I say attempt because I have never actually made them before! As long as I can remember, I have had an artichoke at Thanksgiving…in the beginning, they were made by my sweet Aunt Fran. Once those gatherings stopped happening, my mom started making them for me. Even though I love them, artichokes have always intimidated me. But hey, it’s the Virtual Vegan Potluck! I’m up for the challenge!
Here are my pointy friends before getting started:
I used smaller, globe artichokes from Trader Joe’s. I have seen much bigger artichokes, but I thought these would be easier to handle! Eating this veggie as is could prove damaging, so proper cleaning and prepping is required. The absolute BEST tutorial that I found online was from The Lowfat Vegan Chef – she went into incredible detail and her pictures were awesome. If you follow her directions, your artichokes will be gorgeous! When my mom stuffs her artichokes, she usually sticks the goodies in between the leaves, but I decided try it a little bit differently….I hollowed out the middles (via the tutorial) and put the stuffing inside! Here are my cleaned, cut, and hollowed artichokes along with all of the ingredients needed for the stuffing:
For the stuffing, I chose something a bit unexpected: black olives! I am a HUGE olive fan and I would probably add them to my cereal if it were more socially acceptable! Since it’s not, I decided to stuff them inside some artichokes….along with some Ezekial sprouted bread, shallots, and garlic. Yummy combo!
Stuff those bad boys and stick them in a pot with a low level of water to cook them through….make sure they are stuck in there tightly so that the boiling water doesn’t knock them over.
Thirty minutes later and…..VOILA! Stuffed artichoke goodness!
- 4 globe artichokes
- 1 TB black olives, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, diced
- 1 large shallot, diced
- ¼ cup of water
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Wash artichokes and set aside
- Toast Ezekial bread slightly and crumble into a bowl. Add diced olives, garlic, shallots and salt/pepper.
- Add water to bread mixture and use a fork to mix thoroughly, mashing ingredients into a stuffing consistency.
- In a small pot large enough to fit all 4 artichokes, boil enough water to cover 50% of the artichokes (I used about 2 cups of water).
- To prep artichokes: using a sharp knife, cut off the pointy tip. Using sharp scissors, cut off the tip of each individual leaf, leaving a flat edge. Spread the petals apart and expose the purple inner leaves. Pull out the purple inner leaves and use a spoon to remove the fuzzy choke of the artichoke. Cut the stem of the artichoke close to the base. Don't forget to refer to the tutorial above!
- Once prepped, use a spoon to fill the center of each artichoke with the stuffing mixture.
- Set artichokes in the pot, making sure that they are stable and not able to move around in the pot.
- Lower the heat and cook artichokes covered for 30 minutes, or until one of the center leaves pulls out easily.
- Serve hot along with your favorite main dish!
I served my artichokes with a lemon juice and garlic mixture (the juice of 2 lemons and 1 diced garlic clove). If you have never eaten an artichoke before, you take each petal one at a time and drag it between your front teeth to remove the fleshy, edible part. I cut each of mine open so that I could get a little bit of stuffing with each bite! In the end, these guys turned out to be more delicious than scary!
I hope that you are enjoying the Virtual Vegan Potluck and I urge you to check out the next blog, Glue and Glitter and their awesome side dish. If you are just joining us, you can also move backwards to visit AppleCoconutLove and their side dish! Use the buttons below to navigate! Thanks so much for joining us!