Memorial Day & Memorable Eats

Memorial Day can just be a time for memories of any kind if you like. So, today, I have a re-make of my Grandma and Grandpa’s famous artichoke recipe.

Cooking artichokes was a day-long affair for them. My Grandfather would spend hours just stuffing each individual leaf of the artichoke with a breadcrumb mixture. Then, they would simmer all day in the pot until the leaves would just fall apart. As kids, it was a treat if we got to eat a few of the artichoke leaves. Now I understand why–it was hard work cooking them!

Anyway, I whipped up a much simpler and easier artichoke recipe. But, it is still just as delicious and full of antioxidants and loads of fiber ;-)

artichokes in crock pot

Crock Pot Artichokes

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 medium/small artichokes with the stems cut out, and about 1/4 of the tops cut off
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2-1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Turn on your slow cooker/crock pot on high to pre-heat.
  2. Prepare your artichokes and garlic.
  3. Pour a small amount of stock and water in the bottom of the crock pot (about 1 cup). Put the artichokes into the crock pot.
  4. Top the artichokes with garlic and press into the crevices of the leaves. At this point, you may add in a little more liquid if you think it will need more to simmer in the crock pot.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Cook on high for about 1-2 hours. Then, on low for about 1-2 more hours. Total cook time will be anywhere from 3-5 hours.


Artichokes are very tough and will hold up in the crock pot if you need them to cook all day.

I enjoyed these so much that I went out the next day and got more artichokes to make!

The next time, we made them boiled, then baked.

baked artichokes

artichokes and greens

I would not recommend this recipe baked recipe because you lose the necessary cooking moisture and the artichokes turn out much dried and are a little more difficult to eat. But, crock pot cooking and stove-top simmering is perfect!

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