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What do you eat with an artichoke?

A steamed artichoke, with lemon butter and balsamic aoili is lovely. But what do you eat alongside?

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    1. re: Veggo

      Vegetarian and vegan board = no seafood....

    2. Bruschetta, as well as some roasted garlic.

      Some artichoke, a bit of bruschetta, a bite of the roasted garlic puree. Repeat as necessary.

      1. Chickpea and quinoa cakes with sauteed asparagus

        Warm lentil salad with shredded carrots and scallions, with pesto dressing over arugala

        A light pasta with mushrooms and peppery olive oil

        Eggplant stuffed with wild rice and walnuts

        A napoleon stack of seared tempeh, grilled zucchini, and grilled polenta with a tomato sauce

        A creamless mushroom soup with pureed whitebeans, rustic garlicy toast to dip

        1. All of my responses are inappropriate for this board. I will say that I have always viewed the outer third of the artichoke as a conveyance for the stuffing.

          1. Nothing. Whole steamed artichoke dipped in sauce is a wonderful first course. Followed by a second course, not eaten with. Think is, it fills the plate with discarded leaves as you eat towards the center, so it's nicer to clear away the whole plate and then go on to the rest of the meal. Even at an informal, weekday, family meal.

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            1. re: AdinaA

              We like to throw the leaves in a bowl and eat with a nut loaf. Great combo imo

            2. roast FRESH fava beans (using smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and olive oil).
              the beans are in season now.

              1. This might be weird (it's what my family did, so probably...) but my aunt would pair steamed artichoke with fritto misto that included...more artichoke (and other veggies too). She'd use a lemony, garlicky, mayonaissey sauce for both. All vegetarian-friendly (but not vegan...eggs played a role in the batter/sauce).

                1. I have found that many chickpea based dishes play well with artichoke appetizers.

                  Either a hummus dip with pita chips or a pasta salad "spiked" with garbanzos to up the protein content.