Artichoke Toast

Move over avocado, the mighty artichoke is toast. Packed with antioxidant, the artichoke is a powerful defender against cancer, high cholesterol, heart disease, and stomach troubles. Since women hold up half of the sky, my recipe for this sublime artichoke toast is the perfect lunch to sustain our tired bodies while we keep our daily action  going.

Artichoke Toast
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Servings Prep Time
8 to 10 toasts 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 to 10 toasts 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Artichoke Toast
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 to 10 toasts 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 to 10 toasts 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
  • 6 medium artichokes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 small cloves garlic, minced and mashed into a paste
  • salt and pepper
Servings: toasts
Units:
Instructions
  1. Prep the artichokes. This is easier than you think. Set a large pot filled with water next to your cutting board. Squeeze half the lemon into the water and then toss the squeezed lemon half into the pot, too.
  2. With a serrated knife, slice off the top of each artichokes about 1 inch from the bottom, exposing the heart. Trim the stems and all the remaining leaves to expose the heart. Place the artichoke hearts in the lemon water. If you have the time and patience, use a vegetable peeler to peel the trimmed artichoke stems and toss the tender center of each stem in the pot containing the artichoke hearts.
  3. Add the salt, 1 tbsp olive oil and thyme to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and gently simmer for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in an artichoke goes in easily.
  4. Drain the artichokes and let them cool. Using a small spoon, scrape away the hairy choke to expose the heart of each artichoke.
  5. Place the artichokes hearts in a bowl, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, the juice of the remaining 1/2 lemon, the garlic paste and salt and mash with a fork or purée with an immersion blender.
  6. Spread the artichoke paste on thick toasted bread slices and finish with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Don't get intimidated by the artichoke. All you have to do is to learn to expose the heart. I keep this artichoke spread in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. It's great as an appetizer when spread on crunchy crostini or pastry tartlets. It also makes a superb pesto for a last-minute pasta dinner. And it goes great with shrimp.

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