Saturday, May 21, 2011

Artichokes - from the Garden to the Table

May 21-22, 2011
52nd Annual California Artichoke Festival held in Castroville, CA, the Artichoke Capital of the World.

Artichoke Field Harvest, Castroville, CA

Artichoke Preparation and Cooking

Artichoke Nutrition

Featured Recipe, Modified
Couscous Stuffed Artichokes
from the California Artichoke Advisory Board
Makes 4 generous servings

4 large California artichokes
1½ cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 teaspoon curry powder
¾ teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup instant couscous
¼ cup currants
½ cup sliced green onion
½ cup toasted slivered almonds, chopped
½ teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Plain lowfat yogurt, optional

Wash artichokes. Cut off stems at base and remove small bottom leaves. Stand artichokes upright in deep saucepan large enough to hold snugly. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 2 to 3 inches boiling water. Cover and boil gently 35 to 45 minutes, or until base can be pierced easily with fork. (Add a little more boiling water, if needed.) Turn artichokes upside down to drain. Carefully remove center petals and fuzzy centers with a spoon and discard. Keep warm or chill as desired.

In medium saucepan combine vegetable broth, curry powder, and cumin; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in couscous and currants. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in green onion and almonds. Combine lemon peel, lemon juice and vegetable oil; stir into couscous.

Gently spread artichoke leaves until center cone of leaves is revealed. Pull out center cone. With a spoon, scrape out any purple-tipped leaves and fuzz. Fill centers of artichokes with couscous mixture. Serve with plain yogurt, if desired. 

Nutritional information per serving: calories 368; protein 11 g; carbohydrate 54 g;
fat 13 g; sodium 135 mg; cholesterol 0 mg; dietary fiber 8 g


No comments: