Cook with a New Food: Artichokes

Time to try out another new food!

I must admit that I already knew I liked to eat artichoke hearts. However, tossing the jarred hearts into a salad and cutting the heart out of a fresh artichoke... those are two very different things.  So today, I tried cooking artichoke hearts, from the raw.

There's a recipe in Make It Paleo that looks delish, so I went and bought some baby artichokes to give it a try.

Aren't they cute?  Or they were, until...

OUCH. Immediate fail. NOT cute!  Who knew that artichoke leaves were so pointy?!?

Some cold water and a bandaid later, I went about cutting the leaves off and chopping out the heart. I honestly have no idea if I did this correctly.  Learning by doing!

I boiled them first to soften, and then sliced and pan-seared them according to the Primal Palate recipe.

Cut up up and added some coconut oil...

Et voila!

Paired them with a little dip that I whipped up. Couldn't even really tell you what's in it (coconut milk? dijon mustard? oil? basil?), but it worked!

It felt like a lot of work and scraps just to get to the heart of these little babies, but they were so tasty that I gobbled them all up.  Moderate success?

Check out Primal Palate and my review of the Make It Paleo cookbook.  
You can find the full recipe here to make it yourself!  

I dare you to eat and cook artichoke hearts!  Whether this or another nutritious addition, remember to eat your vegetables!

Have you ever cooked artichokes, or do you get the jarred or canned varieties?  

Any tips to help make the process simpler and less painful for newbies like myself? 

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