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Marinated artichokes

just read the post about the frozen artichokes. I have usually bought the canned artichokes in water. I love artichokes but have never bought the marinated kind. I am tempted by the large jar at Costco.

How do you use the marinated ones differently than the canned/frozen type (which is what my inlaws all use)?

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  1. The only way I've ever used marinated artichokes are in/on salads or on antipasti platters. I do like them that way. I believe there are some recipes using them, but they usually have quite a bit of oil on them.

    1. I use them (from CostCo) in salads, chopped on pizza, in lasagna, in AntiPasti, in grilled sandwiches with cheese and meats, as an ingredient in tapinade and a wide range of other recipes. The puree nicely and add some excitement to dishes that might otherwise be somewhat mundane. I do sometimes use the canned varieties in much the same way as I do the marinated artichokes, depending on what flavor result I hope to achieve in the dish. I prefer to use fresh artichokes for stuffing and other types of preparations.

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      1. re: todao

        How much does the large jar at Costco cost??

      2. I will use them in a pasta if the pasta has a simple vinaigrette base and nothing else. Since they are marinated you have to be careful what you add them too.

        Diced up they are great with some grated cheese and chopped olives on a toasted baguette, very good. I also like to mix them with some fresh grape tomatoes and olives halved and onions. Mix all in the same marinade the artichokes came in and then heat up right at the end and them top grilled chicken breasts with the veggies. Top all that on a nice toasted baguette or pasta and a great dinner.

        Toss with some fresh vegetables and use the chokes and the liquid to make a simple easy dressing for some chopped romaine.

        On Pizza is great!! A white sauce or red, some artichokes, cheese, chopped mushrooms and onions and a great pizza.
        White pizza with shrimp and the artichokes is great too

        Stir fry with grilled shrimp, some onions, olives, fennel and toss over lettuce for an amazing dinner salad.

        Added them topped over poached COD with some capers, olives and roasted tomatoes for a simple topping to a fish poached in white wine.

        The list goes on and on. Let me know if you like anything in particular. I use the frozen all the time for some things, but the jarred or canned for others. It is a shortcut that sometimes I just need but you can make some pretty descent food with it too...

        1. Forgot sandwiches, sorry ... roast pork, beef or turkey with some chopped artichokes, onions and tomatoes, they are wonderful.

          Also, roast them with some garlic and onion then puree with some herbs and it makes an amazing dip. I like to add some spinach or sometimes some mayo or sour cream to lighten it up. Perfect.

          1. Can you rinse off the vinegar?

            I am going to go for it since I love artichokes in everything.

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            1. re: lvhkitty

              the marinated ones are really covered in oil, so that's the primary thing you'll be rinsing off. i'd blot, so not to saturate the chokes any further (if that's possible?).

              i know that humongo jar of marinated artichokes of which you speak. whenever you take some out, use a fresh fork or spoon and never your fingers, which will introduce bacteria or mold critters -- no matter how "clean" your hands are. ( i discovered this with a bottle of stuffed green olives.). try to leave as much "marinade" in the jar to keep the chokes covered.... and then use the marinade later for a salad or pasta dressing, or to marinate some canned and rinsed artichokes...or frozen ones.

              there is a good recipe -- very popular-- for using those artichokes in a hot dip with parmesan, mayo, mozz cheese. when you use the marinated artichokes, cut down on some of the other fatty ingredients (e.g., mayo....). http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/523862

              btw, as others above, i love them on pizza, and on fish with some capers and a little tomato. yummalicious.

              1. re: lvhkitty

                Absolutely, some of the flavor is already absorbed, definitely rinse or pat off the extra sauce.

              2. The jarred grilled and marinated baby artichokes at bj's are INCREDIBLE...Not like the normal jarred artchokes in oil...WAy more flavorful . TRUST ME, you wont be dissapointed.

                  1. re: kchurchill5

                    CHicken and artiochokes...Just season chicken parts toss with the oil from the artichokes and artichokes and bake...deeeelish

                    1. re: italianagambino

                      Add some roasted red peppers too, agreed, simple good flavor.

                      1. re: italianagambino

                        I do this too. Try sprinkling the finished product with toasted pine nuts. It's all so easy and very impressive. I have been know to do this with a purchased, cooked chicken if I'm in a hurry.

                    2. I have to get to Costco soon to get my big jar of artichokes!

                      1. Take your typical breakfast casserole recipe (eggs, sausage, cheese, etc.) and add chopped marinated artichokes, along with some sauteed peppers and onions. Delicious!

                        1. I finally got the mega jar at Costco. So far I made orecchiette pasta with chicken sausage, red pepper and artichokes. Looking forward to trying an artichoke dip without too much mayo or cream cheese.

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                          1. re: lvhkitty

                            lvhkitty, do try them with a firm, white-flesh fish, along with some capers, olive oil, and a little diced tomato (or sauce).

                            1. re: alkapal

                              Love that, a little white wine too :) Love that combo. Nice!
                              It is great with shrimp too over a bed of wilted spinach and sauteed mushrooms and toasted baguettes. One of my favorites.

                              1. re: kchurchill5

                                artichokes marry well with seafood. i'm so jealous of your abundance of fresh gulf seafood! even when i'm in fort myers it is not easy to find great seafood. i don't know why. fort myers used to have the greatest fresh shrimp! i guess there are more seafood places of all price levels in naples. do you know of any good places in fort myers?

                                ps, did you see my post about the old heidelberg? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6005...

                            2. re: lvhkitty

                              I make one with garlic plain yogurt and just 1/2 cup mayo some garlic onions and some roasted red peppers. Of course you have to have some cheese I used Pecorino romano and baked. I love traditional but this really was good. You could add spinach too but this was great.

                              I also make one where I chop very fine the artichokes and actually mash some just with a fork, add some fine chopped onions and roasted garlic and then mix with some roasted red pepper and a little parm. I bake for 20 minutes and serve over toasted baquettes and top with a mix of fine chopped tomatoes and calamata olives. It is great.

                            3. I'm on my second big jar!!! They are great. I am experimenting with the dips (sans mayo/sour cream) next....

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                              1. re: lvhkitty

                                The are great with just some sun dried also chopped mixed the two and spread on a toasted baquette or stuff a crimini mushroom and top with some feta or parm or any of your favorite cheese and bake. Simple and great.

                                Also mix with a few spoons of dried bread crumbs and feta cheese, sun dried and olives and stuff in a bonless chicken breast. Either is flat roll, or cut a pocket in and stuff. Bake. What a great filling.

                                Mix with pesto and also top on baguettes of use is as a base for a pizza. Then top with fresh mushrooms and tomatoes and cheese. Can't get much better. You can even use the boboli or premade pizza crusts or a canned crust. What ever you have. It is great.

                                Purre with chic peas, onions, and some herbs and top with chopped tomatoes and olives and serve with pita chips. Like a hummus.

                                With pasta, fresh tomatoes, grilled chicken, whole wheat pasta, roasted asparagus and onions. A little cream and broth, parmesan cheese and a great dinner.

                              2. I bought a jar of the marinated and noticed some pickled worms in them. perhaps that could have been my cash cow, but I never got around to doing anything about it.I'm very careful now..

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                                1. re: nosey

                                  bought them for years and never had a problem but you never know.