Braised artichoke is artichoke that has been cooked by exposure to both moist and dry heat. It can be cooked with various types of seasonings as a dish on its own, or as an addition to other dishes like pastas and salads.
Ingredients Required to Braise Artichokes
Commonly used ingredients for the dish are artichokes, lime, onions, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and water.
How to Braise Artichoke?
To braise artichokes, a marinade is first prepared with ingredients like lemon juice, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. The outer leaves of the artichokes are then removed, the top half is cut off, and the artichoke is trimmed with a paring knife to its center. All along, a lemon half is rubbed on the exposed surface of the artichoke to prevent discoloration. The artichoke is cut from the center and the choke is scraped out by means of a spoon. Each piece is further cut into half. These artichoke pieces are soaked in marinade and heated till boiling point. After this, the artichokes along with marinade are placed in a baking dish which is covered with foil. The artichokes are baked till they are fork tender, and then removed from the oven and allowed to cook.Other braised artichoke recipes involve sautéing the artichokes (pre-soaked in acidulated water) with onion and garlic in heated olive oil, and then cooking by simmering in boiling water along with seasonings.
Serving Braised Artichokes
Braised artichoke can be served as an appetizer, on its own or in the braising liquid. The artichokes can be used as a topping for pizzas, or added to any other dish like salad, omelets, pasta, salsa, soup, risotto, or as an accompaniment to meat dishes.
Braised artichoke plays an important role in cholesterol reduction. It is also helpful in conditions like diabetes, poor liver function and irritable bowel syndrome.