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Artichokes Greek-Style

Γεια σε όλους! Hi everyone! Isn’t google translator a crack? First words mean Hola a todos… Hi everyone in Greek… or that is what I expect them to say!

I found this recipe in a Spanish cooking magazine and the tittle immediately caught my attention – Artichokes Greek Style – all ingredients were so handy and you all know about my artichokes’ adoration, so I thought, why not? Let’s get some other Mediterranean breezes and flavours in my kitchen!!! This is a tribute to all my Greek foodie friends I made through this blog! Wonderful people with warm hearts and stoves; barbeque’s and ovens ready to cook anytime!!!

Please visit their blogs if you still haven’t done so… even though they are all Greek, some live in Greece and others don’t and their styles are all so different that you will always learn something no matter which blog you visit:

Peter M. from Kalofagas is a smart cook living in Canada. You will find fully detailed Greek recipes in his blog, fantastic tips to achieve better results and a great sense of humour!

Ivy from Kopiaste is a wonderful cook, living in Athens and originally from Ciprus. Her recipes are so detailed and full of pictures showing all the cooking process! Sometimes you can also get some extra history lessons at her blog. Very instructive and more than a kind woman!

Peter G. from Souvlaki for the Soul is a fantastic cook, photographer and person, no matter the order of the words. This days he is working on his blog to make some changes, but keep this link to visit him. You won’t be deceived!

Laurie from Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska has a beautiful blog, full of wonderful stories and recipes, her site looks kind of poetical to me, she puts her heart in every post!

Elly from Elly says Opa! Has a vigorous blog with delicious photographs, stories and recipes. You will also find recipes from other Mediterranean countries as well as the Greek. Her Eat to the Beat event will soon be showing!

I don’t know if this is an authentic Greek recipe but the result was so flavourful that I felt transported to the middle of the Plakka neighbourhood in Athens :D

Ingredients for 4 servings: 800 grs of small artichokes (these were the last ones of the season), 3 ripe tomatoes, 4 olive oil tablespoons, 1 dl of dry white wine, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 10 coriander seeds (they can be substituted by cumin ones), a spring of thyme, 1 tablespoon of minced parsley, 1/2 lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, salt and black ground pepper.

  • Discard the greener leaves of the artichokes. Cut them in half and their borders. Wash them and use half a lemon to rub them to avoid their quick oxidation and keep their colour.
  • Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan, add the artichokes and golden them. Stir with a wooden spoon and be careful they don’t get burned.
  • Get some water boiling in a pot and add the tomatoes for 20 seconds, strain and take their peel of, cut them and take the seeds away. Chop in small dices. Reserve.
  • Add some water drops to the saucepan used to golden the artichokes and caramelise the sugar lightly. Add the chopped tomatoe and stir. Keep cooking for 5 to 8 minutes at medium heat.
  • Add the artichokes and the white wine, the garlic clove and the coriander seeds. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and let simmer for 35 to 45 minutes or until artichokes are tender.
  • Present the artichokes with the minced parsley on and the sauce in a different recipient and when cool place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Pour the lemon juice on top and serve cold.



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06/27/2008 · 13:09 h by Ben

All those Greek cooks are amazing and great people, I agree with you :) I am back my dear friend and ready to take over the world :-p


06/27/2008 · 13:18 h by Núria

Yujuuuuuuuu, Yujuuuuuuu! So happy to see you back darling :D. I’m running to your place to see what you came up with. I missed you! Smuack♥

06/27/2008 · 13:25 h by glamah16

The Greek Bloggers ara awesome. Toatally gives me new insight into Greek cusine.

06/27/2008 · 15:35 h by JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

I agree Nuria! None of these blogs are to missed – they have 2 things in common – being Greek and also being AWESOME AWESOME cooks! I love those artichokes too! Wowza!

06/27/2008 · 17:15 h by Bellini Valli

I have to agree with everyone else. None of these bloggers should be missed with their talents and warm hearts. Lets all get together in Spain..or perhaps a Greek island to have artichokes Greek style:D

06/27/2008 · 17:33 h by Peter M

Nuria, chica – thank you so much for highlighting us Greeks and our blogs.

I can’t pinpoint this dish to a particular Greek recipe but it uses ingredients known to Greeks and I certainly would delight in eating it.

06/27/2008 · 20:25 h by Swati: Sugarcraft India

The artichokes look so pretty.. Plakka is too gud..such a traditional and authentic market place..Yeah the Greek bloggers rock!!

06/27/2008 · 22:14 h by Jen of A2eatwrite

Nuria, those are all fabulous blogs! And your recipe looks absolutely wonderful, too!

06/28/2008 · 3:16 h by giz

I’ve never seen artichokes dones this way but boy oh boy do they look easy to eat.

06/28/2008 · 5:05 h by Laurie Constantino

Oh Nuria, you are so kind! Cold marinated artichokes are such a tasty warm weather treat – I’m imagining you eating them sitting at a shaded table drinking a glass of cold crisp white wine. At least that’s what I’d be doing with this lovely plate. Thanks again for the mention!

06/28/2008 · 5:26 h by Heather

I love the translator tools – I use Babelfish. :D

My artichokes in my garden are starting to get big! I might get to eat one this year – I’ll try this recipe if they actually grow.

06/28/2008 · 8:42 h by Núria

Hola Courtney! Yeah their cuisine is fantastic and the people behind too :D

What amazes me Jenn is that going into a Bookstore (section cook books) I can hardly see Greek food in their shelves and the Greek foodie bloggers have discovered a new world to me!!!

Hola Peter! Following Laurie’s advise… there’s a tapa for you waiting with a fresh glass of white wine ;-)

Hola Swati :D. I walked all Plakka through many years ago and have such a great memory of it♥

Thank you darling Jen :D. We all know them by now, don’t we?

Giz, they are easy to eat and easy to cook :D

He, He… you got the picture Laurie!!! Thanks for your nice words darling :D

It’s a luxury to eat your own harvested artichokes Heather… one is a start ;-)

06/28/2008 · 13:40 h by Elly

Nuria, these look so great! When I was little one of my favorite “helper” tasks in the kitchen with my grandma was to clean the artichokes! I love your ingredients here and thanks so much for the “shout out” :)

06/28/2008 · 17:01 h by Ivy

Gracias mi amiga por sus palabras buenas. I don’t think it was properly translated but anyway Thanks my friend for your kind words.
I am not sure if they cook artichokes like this in Greece but I would say they are Greek style because of all the ingredients used and they look delicious.

06/29/2008 · 14:42 h by Maryann

Looks delicious, Nuria!

06/29/2008 · 16:47 h by We Are Never Full

here’s to the greeks! i’ve gotta say, i think most of the greek food blogs/bloggers are better than cat cora! she’s a tv cook who i’m not that fond of. but this dish is inspiring! nuria, are you sure you’re not greek?

06/29/2008 · 19:02 h by Mallory Elise

I had some amazing artichokes in Rome, if I had to be romantically involved with a vegetable, the artichoke would probably be it. yep. definitely.

06/29/2008 · 19:22 h by farida

This is a great recipe! I never know what to do with artichokes and you gave me one good idea! Thank you! Yummy!

06/30/2008 · 3:52 h by Peter G

Hola Nuria! Sorry I missed this! Thank you so much for the kind words. I also agree about the othrs on your list. I’m a constant visitor to their blogs. I’m nearly done! I moved the site over to WordPress and I have a few more days of touch ups! Your artichokes are muy fantastico and I love the greek flavours!

06/30/2008 · 9:44 h by Núria

Hola Elly! One of my fav. tasks with my grandmom was helping her with green beans :D

Muchas gracias Ivy! And your Spanish words sound super!!!

Thanks Maryann :D

Hi, hi… pretty sure I’m not Greek Amy… but Mediterranean flavours are a common link :D

He, He… you crack me up Mallory!!! But I’m definitevely emotionally involved with rice… A rice with Artichokes and I’m touching heaven :D

Thanks so much Farida :D So glad it inspired you!

I just felt you would go with WordPress… it seems to go so well with your style :D. But will you be able to advertise? I think they don’t allow advertising there???? Can’t wait to see your new site :D

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