What do you eat with an artichoke?
A steamed artichoke, with lemon butter and balsamic aoili is lovely. But what do you eat alongside?
Bruschetta, as well as some roasted garlic.
Some artichoke, a bit of bruschetta, a bite of the roasted garlic puree. Repeat as necessary.
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
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.
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.