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!
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?