Simple preparation of Artichoke (in the oven)

I didn’t see many Artichokes in Poland. I got to know this beautiful (and tasty!) plant while leaving in France where it is very popular. Since the first time I saw it  Artichoke seemed to me very intriguing. It took me some time before I was courageous enough to buy it and do it myself. :P

Here I present you a very simple way to bake your artichoke. It goes really nice with a garlic yogurt dip.

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To prepare 2 Artichokes:
♥  1 lemon
♥  3 tablespoons olive oil
Dip:
♥  125g of natural yogurt (no sugar added)
♥  1 teaspoon mayonnaise
♥  2 small (or 1 big) clove of garlic
♥  1 tablespoon of soy sauce (it is already salty so you don’t have to put any additional salt)
♥  pinch of pepper

1. Break off the stem. It is important to break it and never cut it off so the eventual fibers from the stem are removed. I first do a little incision so it is easier to break it off.

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2. Now remove some the most exterior tough leaves.

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3. Using a sharp knife cut off the top of the Artichoke.

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4. Cut the lemon in two and from each cut off a 0,5cm slice. This slice is to put on the base of Artichoke.

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5. Use the remaining lemon to sprinkle over the Artichoke. The lemon will let your  Artichoke keep it’s pretty color (without lemon it will get dark).

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6. Wrap it well in aluminium foil and bake for around 1h at 180-190′C. When the Artichoke is well done the leaves will go off very easily.

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7. While baking you can prepare the garlic yogurt dip. It is really easy. You just need to mix all ingredients. :P

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8. If you are not sure how to eat your Artichoke: Eat everything that is soft! :P
- Start with big leaves. you can eat its base and some of inner part (with some dip!).
- When all leaves are gone you will have to remove (eg with a spoon) the hairy part.
- what is under the hairy pari is called the heart of  Artichoke. It is delicious!

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