Try Artichokes The Turkish Way

Friday August 31, 2012

By Elizabeth Taviloglu, Guide for Turkish Food

Are you looking for a crowd stopping new way to serve artichokes? Try my recipe for Turkish-style artichoke bottoms cooked with mixed vegetables, olive oil and fresh dill weed.

It's actually a classic Turkish "meze," or appetizer served before the main meal, but you can serve it in place of salad or as a vegetable side dish, too.

More on Turkish "Meze"

This is one of my favorite recipes for company. Artichokes are glamourous on their own, but you can really make this dish look pretty on the plate either buffet-style or as a single service.

As you eat the whole bottom of the vegetable, you get a lot more artichoke to bite into with each serving. In this recipe, the outer and inner leaves and the choke are removed completely, leaving you with a decorative cup-shaped artichoke bottom.

Once you stew it slowly with pearl onions, vegetables and olive oil, you simply fill each cup with the vegetables and juice for perfect single servings.

If you want to get even fancier, serve them Turkish-style, leaving the stems on the artichokes and sprinkling the vegetables randomly over them.

Once you learn how to peel and prepare the artichokes, this recipe is easy. Artichokes are actually common in other Middle Eastern cuisines.

Here are some other great artichoke recipes:

Gourmet Artichoke Recipes

Garlic-Stuffed Artichokes

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