Do you ever feel like you're in the twilight zone? On the same day that I picked up the Arctic Kiwis I also spotted some local artichokes. Really? In Nova Scotia? Really! I asked, and sure enough, there is a farm in The Valley that grows them. You learn something new everyday, eh? I had always assumed that they just grew in California.
I had never cooked with artichokes before but figured now was a good a time as any; so I bought 3 of them. Then they sat in my fridge for a few days before I figured out what I would make with them. Stuffing them was out of the question (until I get more experience with them) and I didn't want to make a dip since most of them ask for a ton of cheese 3 artichokes probably wouldn't be quite enough anyways. In the end, I settled on a pasta sauce.
The next challenge was trying to figure out how to clean/chop the darn things. After doing a few Google searches and watching some YouTube videos I felt comfortable and got going.
First, I sliced off the top 1/4.
Then I cut it in half.
I removed the outer leaves and cut out the purple center along with the hairy stuff inside.
What I was left with was the artichoke heart. I placed the hearts in water with lemon juice to prevent browning.
Spaghetti Squash with Tomato/Artichoke Sauce
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can diced tomatoes or 3 tomatoes, chopped
- artichoke hearts, chopped
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup feta
- salt and pepper
To make the sauce, heat a pan and the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Add the tomatoes, artichoke hearts and the oregano. Cook until heated through. Add the cooked spaghetti squash to the sauce and top with the spinach, feta and salt and pepper.
This was great warmed up the next day too.
When I was at the market this past weekend there weren't any artichokes available. I am going to assume that I either missed the season because I wasn't paying attention or it's a really short season. Either way, I think it's super cool that artichokes are available locally in Nova Scotia. I'll be on the lookout for these next year foresure!