Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables!
I could eat them all the time and in any preparation.
When I saw this recipe in Saveur for roasted artichokes, it seemed like an easy way to fix them—just roast them for a while and enjoy.
This serves 3:
- ¾ cup olive oil
- ¾ cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2—3 teaspoons crushed red chile flakes
- 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3 globe artichokes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Heat oven to 500°.
In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, wine, oregano, chile flakes, garlic, and salt and pepper; set aside.
Cut 1″³ off the top of each artichoke and gently pull leaves apart to open artichokes. Place them, standing up on their bases, in a small roasting pan or dish large enough to hold them in one layer.
Pour oil mixture over each artichoke, making sure it reaches in between all leaves. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 45 minutes.
Uncover, and bake, basting often with juices, until browned and tender, about 30 minutes more. Let cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm with pan juices and enjoy!
Sadly, not a winner.
I’m not sure if it was the artichokes or the recipe but they were tough. I used a 450° oven as I was roasting a chicken and didn’t think it would be a huge difference, but after 90 minutes, they were pretty leathery. I wrapped them and tossed them in the microwave to steam them for about 5 minutes and it made them edible.
There was too much taste from the red chile flakes and not enough from anything else so we used some stray hollandaise sauce to liven things up.
Here’s where I think things might have been improved: pre-steaming the artichokes in the microwave for 5 minutes and them roasting them as above.
Or, pre-steaming them, dousing them with the sauce (minus a few red chile flakes and maybe plus some lemon) wrapping them up in foil and tossing them directly in the fire of a charcoal grill.
Have you ever made artichokes this way? How did they turn out for you?