Artichokes come with a couple of fun facts.  Firstly, though they are enjoyed as a vegetable, they are, in fact, a type of thistle.  Secondly, they were declared California’s Official Vegetable back in 2013! However, despite this fascinating trivia, the artichoke can seem a bit of a puzzle to newcomers.

Well, artichokes can be eaten hot or cold. The ‘leaves’ around the head can be pulled off individually, dipped in something yummy, and nibbled on at the base to get to the ‘meaty’ bit.

Once all the ‘leaves’ have been peeled off, you are left with a fuzzy center at the base—the heart.  This is the part most commonly eaten and enjoyed in all kinds of recipes.

Artichokes are incredibly nutritious and are rich in vitamin C, K, and folate (B9), as well as minerals, such as magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and iron.  They are low in fat and high in fiber.  They are also touted as having one of the highest antioxidant contents in the veggie world.

Have a look at these inspiring OGP recipes that remove the mystery of the artichoke.

1. Artichoke Pesto

Artichoke Pesto

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You can buy fresh artichokes and remove the hearts yourself or buy ready prepared hearts for this delicious Artichoke Pesto by Julie Zimmer.  This creamy and rich artichoke pesto is great for dips, pasta dishes, pizza, casseroles, and salads.  Fresh basil and parsley tie the flavors to more traditional pesto.

2. Green Pea Fusilli Salad with Orange Citrus Vinaigrette

Green Pea Fusilli Salad with Orange Citrus Vinaigrette

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This Green Pea Fusilli Salad with Orange Citrus Vinaigrette by Julie Zimmer is light and fresh and packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein.  The green pea fusilli adds a good portion of protein to the meal, while the greens add nutrition and texture.  The artichoke hearts give a ‘meaty’ dimension to the meal.

3. Beer-Battered Artichoke Hearts

Beer-battered Artichoke Hearts

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Check out these  Beer-Battered Artichoke Hearts by Jennifer Rose Rossano if you are looking for a tasty party snack to share.  The artichoke nuggets make great finger food for dipping in any of your favorite sauces.  A cool and creamy vegan mayonnaise dipping sauce would do the trick.

4. Creamy Artichoke and Hearts of Palm Spread

Creamy Artichoke and Hearts of Palm Spread

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This Creamy Artichoke and Hearts of Palm Spread by Gabrielle St. Claire is delicious and versatile.  Kale, artichokes, hearts of palm, olive oil, and a perfect blend of seasoning come together to make a spread that works on toast, as a dip or served with a big green salad.

5. Crabless Cakes

Crabless Cakes

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These Crabless Cakes by Robin Coarts and Jules Schnedeker are great with a salad or can make a delicious portion of the main dish.  Artichoke hearts are combined with bell peppers, corn, vegan mayo, and breadcrumbs then baked into golden patties.  Old Bay seasoning gives them that hint of ‘seafood’ flavor.

6. Spinach and Artichoke Soufflé

Spinach and Artichoke Souffle

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This Spinach and Artichoke Soufflé by Jennifer Rose Rossano is a nod to soufflés with its fluffy, ‘cheesy’ tofu and veggie filling.  If you are short on time, you can always use ready-made pastry.  Either way, this would make a wonderful breakfast or brunch on a special occasion.

7. Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Orzo

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Orzo

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Clean and simple ingredients make up this Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Orzo by Kristen Genton.  It is a super quick dish to rustle up which makes it perfect for weekday evening meals.  It would also make a great potluck crowd-pleaser.

8. Smoked Tofu and Artichoke Spinach Sandwich

Smoked Tofu and Artichoke Spinach Sandwich

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A lot is going on with this Smoked Tofu and Artichoke Spinach Sandwich by Plant Tribe, and it all works!  Artichoke and spinach hummus is slathered on toasted bread and then piled with smoked tofu, sautéed balsamic red pepper and onions, and fresh veggies.  Get your hands and chops around this sandwich for a mega lunch.

9. Artichoke ‘Lobster’ Roll

Artichoke ‘Lobster’ Roll

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This Artichoke ‘Lobster’ Roll by Zsu Dever is a veganized version of a classic New England dish.  Artichoke hearts, vegan mayonnaise, and a little dulse and Old Bay seasoning—for that ‘ocean’ flavor—combine to make an awesome comfort food sandwich.

10. Artichokes and Rice

Artichokes and Rice

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This Artichokes and Rice dish by Lenia & Dimitra makes a great side, or serve yourself a big bowl for a comforting and warming main meal. Sweet and simple ingredients come together to make a meal that would be ideal for weekday dinners.

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