Spring Cooking...Artichokes polita style :)

What can you do with fresh artichokes? well you make them a la polita :) A typical greek recipe, great in taste, reasonably priced and vegetarian!
The only problem is preparing the artichokes :)))

For 4 portions
6 fresh artichokes
2-3 potatoes
2 carrots
1 large dried onion of 2 fresh onions
1 piece of garlic
1 bunch of fresh dill
Lemons...(lots of them!)
Salt and pepper
Olive oil ...well a cup or so :)

First of you clean the artichokes...thats the hardest part of the recipe....
and here is step by step how you do it :

#1. First, set up a bowl of water and squeeze the juice of two lemons into it .Keep one half of a lemon out of the water for you to use during the process.

#2. Using a large knife, cut off the bottom of the stem, about 1 inch, discard and rub the bottom of the stem with the lemon half.

#3. Next, cut off the top 1 ½ inches of the artichoke. Discard the tops. Immediately plunge the cut artichoke into the lemon water for a moment.

#4. Pull off the outer most leaves. Continue upwards, snapping off about 25 percent of the outer leave, or until you reach the leaves that have a lighter brighter green color and appear to more tender.

#5. With a small pairing knife, trim the dark remains of the leaves from around the stem; also peel the outer skin on the stem to reveal a pale green stem. The stem is a very tasty part of the artichoke!

#6. Cut the entire trimmed artichoke bottom off. Keep the bottom and stem in the lemon water.

#7. You will probably see shiny purple-tipped leaves in the center of the artichoke. These are covering the choke and may have thin thorns on their tips. Reach in and grab them all at once, pulling outward with a twisting motion.

#8. Once the inner leaves of the artichoke are removed, you’ll see the fuzzy choke. Scrape it out with a spoon. Be sure to remove all the hairy bits, but don’t scrape away the edible flesh of the heart.

Then...you cut the artichokes in halves, the potatoes and the onion(s) in medium sized slices. You cut the carrots in slim slices. In a baking pan you place the onions, the carrots, the potatoes and the artichokes. You add the finely chopped dill and the garlic, the juice of 1 lemon, the olive oil, 2 cups of water and salt and pepper. You mix them all together and place in a preheated oven in 350 degrees (180 Celsius).

Its better to cover the pan with foil for 1 hour so that the artichokes don't get burned. You uncover the pan and let it cook until the potatoes are done.

If you want the "sauce" to be thick,you drain it from the pan, and in a sauce pan you mix it with a small teaspoon of cornflour in 1/4 cup (60 ml) water and you let it cook for 5 minutes.


Sophia Koulbanis Artist / Designer said...

My mum makes these :) being from a Greek background :) They look yummy. Love your Poppy background!

Nafsika said...

Thanks!I like it too!! :)