I’ve always wondered what artichokes were like and while I’m sure that fresh artichokes are different to the canned ones, I tested the canned ones yesterday because they were easily accessible and required no messy leaf scraping.
What do canned artichokes taste like?
The canned stuff has the textured of leeks and tastes a little like leek in a light brine. I was hoping for something stronger flavoured.
I whipped up this artichoke dip on a sunny afternoon when we had some friends over. It didn’t take long at all and would go well with crackers, bread, crudites or with a platter. We also had a dollap on the side of some crumbed, pan-fried fish. It was really good. I admit, it’s mostly fat so resist the urge to eat all of it by yourself.
Makes a party sized bowl
1 tub of cream cheese (250g)
1 can artichoke hearts (390g)
1 cup finely grated parmesan
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- Warm the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds or until it feels just warm. It will make it easier to mix the other ingredients into.
- Drain artichoke hearts and roughly chop. Add artichoke hearts and all other ingredients into a large bowl and mix well to combine. Taste and salt if required.
- Refrigerate and serve with chips, crackers, a baguette or crudites. Amazing as a sandwich spread.