Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Although I love artichokes in any form and have made them in lots of ways (except fried) I’d never thought to make my own marinated artichoke hearts.

Big mistake!

I was motivated by the lack of decent ones in the shops by me (and Trader Joe’s is too far away). It turns out to be super easy and so much better than even the best ones I’d bought. Makes 1 fully packed pint Ball jar:

Marinated Artichoke Hearts

  • 1 package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed (or use a 14 ounce can, drained)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

Put the artichoke hearts in a 1 pint Ball jar (or similar container). Top with the sliced garlic, oregano, peppercorns, red pepper flakes and salt. Add the lemon juice and olive oil. Put the lid on the jar and give it a shake to mix the contents up.

Let marinate for at least an hour, or longer in the refrigerator. Serve and enjoy!

My verdict:

Wonderful! Why I didn’t do this before, I have no idea. These are so good, I could probably just eat the whole jar. However…

I used a bag of frozen artichoke hearts from Trader Joe’s that was lurking in my freezer, but I’m sure the canned or frozen ones from the supermarket would work as well.

I left out the red pepper flakes, mostly because I forgot them, but didn’t miss them. Next time I might crush the black peppercorns a little just to break them up. The garlic is pretty strong, so if you’re not a fan, try chopping it, or using a little less.

Don’t forget to use the marinade when the jar gets low. Just shake it up and add it to your next salad, it will give the dressing a great flavor boost.

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