When most people have roast and potatoes... that's the meal: roast and potatoes. What happens when you don't want roast? Just potatoes for dinner? That doesn't sound right! So began my search for something I could throw in the crock pot that would be just as delicious and veggie friendly. Lo and behold: artichokes.
Artichokes have become one of my favorite foods; they're versatile, nutritious, and (as I found out yesterday) can cook all day and not turn into a giant pile of mush.
Since the roast was already seasoned I didn't do a thing to it I just tossed it in the crock pot with about a cup of water. I washed and quartered about 6 red potatoes and threw them in with it.
This recipe is mostly about the artichokes, and if you've never had them: I suggest you try this tonight.
You will need:
- a few whole artichokes (2-4)
- olive oil
- minced garlic
|Roast, potatoes, and artichoke|
What to do:
- Wash the artichokes and cut off most of the stem, leaving 1/2 to 1 inch.
- Cut off the top inch of the leafy part.
- Take a kitchen scissors, clean regular scissors or small knife and cut of the prickly tips of the remaining leaves. I wish I would have taken a picture of this part. It's just prettier and more pleasant to eat if you're not getting stabbed by your food.
- Pull the leaves outward to spread them apart.
- Between the leaves, spread a little pesto and/or minced garlic.
- Place them stem-side down in the crock pot.
- Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Cook entire contents on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
|Artichoke, potatoes, and hummus|
How in the world to you eat artichoke?
- Pull the leaves off one at a time and bite down.
- Use your teeth to drag the "meaty" flesh off the inside and discard the tough leaf.
- Since these are seasoned they're great plain but I like to dip them in some tzatziki sauce or hummus.
Tzatziki is a greek sauce commonly served on gyros and sometimes better known in America as cucumber-dill sauce. I might have to do a post on that all on its own - it's amazing.
I don't know why I haven't posted any pictures of the babies (dogs) on here! My camera is full of them. I thought this was too funny not to share.
While I was cutting the potatoes yesterday, one piece fell on the floor. The puppy who will eat anything ran in and snatched it up. 10 minutes later I hear her playing in the other room. I hear her throwing things and jumping all over: she frequently plays fetch by herself with her toys.
I go check on her and she's playing with the potato! She'd throw it and tackle it, and toss it in the air and try to catch it. I had to take a picture to share.