Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, California (aka the artichoke capital) have been shipping their organic artichokes Frost Kissed beauties our way these past few weeks. ( picture above) They are quite large, and big enough for the two of us to share to share one.
As the label explains, they are frost kissed as the temperatures goes below 32F, and create spots like a sunburn. "Once cooked, I transform into a perfect green Artichoke with an enhanced nutty flavor!"
We simply cut them in half put them in water flavored with garlic cloves and lemon or lime halves and Kosher salt. We put the lid on the pot, bring the water to simmer, for about 45 minutes.
We clean out the thistles, and serve them with melted butter. If we are using the barbecue to cook, we brush them with olive oil and Ron chars them a bit.
Artichokes do not pair well with wine. We usually serve them as a starter, and then serve wine.
Wishing Everyone an abundance of Saturday Smiles!