Artichoke Bowls

An edible dip bowl

Artichokes can be such impressive vegetables and are quite filling. Although this can be served as the main course, I find it works better as a first plate or appetizer. Usually one normal-sized artichoke will be enough for two adults to share or as a main course for one.

A few notes first: The recipe below is for four artichokes, but can easily be halved. When cleaning the artichokes make sure to cut about ¼” off the top, snip the sharp tips off each remaining leaf around the outside and cut the stem as close to the base as possible.

Artichoke Bowls

  • 4 artichokes cleaned
  • 2 lemons
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic
  • ½ cup Romano

Cover artichokes in cold water. Squeeze one lemon into water and let soak for at least an hour. In a large pot, cook artichokes in boiling salted water until a knife passes cleanly through the base, about 25 minutes. Meanwhile whisk together balsamic, olive oil, juice from second lemon and all but two tablespoons cheese. When artichokes are cooked, place on a plate and carefully pry apart to expose the inside purple tipped leaves. Remove all purple tipped leaves and scrape away the entire choke over the heart. When done the artichoke should look like a flower petal with a bowl in the center. Spoon oil mixture equally into the center of each artichoke. To eat, pull leaves from the outside, dip into the center and scrape the soft tissue from the leaf. The leaves will get softer the closer to the heart.

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41 Responses to Artichoke Bowls

  1. ChefMom says:

    This looks great. We’re big fans of stuffed artichokes, but this looks like it could be a nice healthy alternative and just as good. Your ingenuity is inspiring!

  2. Kas says:

    Wow – it’s delicious food art! :)

  3. rutheh says:

    I like the term “food art”! Just beautiful artichoke.
    Going to try your method.

  4. I have a confession to make..
    I have never tried artichokes before..I find them intemidating
    But your picture makes me want to give them a try..it looks so beautiful

  5. I was first introduced to artichokes as a child at a friends house and have loved them since then but don’t have them very often. Yours is presented so beatufilly. :-) Mandy

  6. I knew I should’ve waited to post! I thought, “Rufus will probably post later tonight.” Oh well. This recipe looks good but I’ve never tried making it myself. I’ll be trying it now!

  7. Apart from looking beautiful, it´s making me want to run outside and pick a few artichokes for lunch. Which is probably what I will do as I need a change from broad beans!

  8. ChgoJohn says:

    I love artichokes and this recipe looks delicious. I’ve begun my yearly quest for “baby” artichokes but have been having problems locating any in this area for the past few years. Clearly, I’m going to have to broaden my search to include a number of places I’ve over-looked in the past.

  9. When I was a student in Paris, the foyer where I stayed provided us with breakfast and dinner. Lunch was on our own. Thank goodness for artichokes. They were sold on the street like hotdogs. My friends and I would purchase them, dip the leaves in butter and enjoy their delicious “meat” on a park bench or just strolling down the blvd. It filled us up healthily.

  10. fatisrecipes says:

    That looks really adorable :)

  11. crustabakes says:

    what a creative way to serve up the artichokes! No need for extra dishwashing with these!

  12. I am so excited about this recipe. Wow – the artichoke ‘bowl’ looks glorious!

  13. TasteFood says:

    What a great way to serve artichokes!

  14. AMInyc says:

    This is fabulous! What a great way to serve artichokes!

  15. I love artichokes!

  16. SimpleP says:

    Fresh, simple, elegant, and looks delicious. Can’t wait to try these!

  17. These look awesome! Gonna make them tonight, thanks for the recipe. :)

  18. Yuri says:

    Beautiful artichoke! Love this simple & elegant recipe :)

  19. That’s similar to the way I cook it except I love your presention. Just bought a couple so will give it a try. Must admit I can eat one all by myself. :P

  20. Looks like a pretty flower!

  21. Caroline says:

    What a great idea! Simple and delicious. Perfect to serve as an appetizer at a dinner party. :)

  22. Linda says:

    What a beautiful presentation! Too funny, I noticed they are in my market this past weekend and picked up a few for this week. I’ve never fanned mine out like this, I love the idea!

  23. Carol Murphy says:

    Can’t Wait to try this, If my grocer doesnt have nice artichokes today im going to kick him in the knee.

  24. saminacooks says:

    I haven’t had artichokes in years! I think I need to make some again. I was turned off it, initially because of the amount of butter my mother-in-law used. I have been seeing so many healthier ways to make it.

  25. ericascime says:

    This looks delicious! It also looks like a flower which is quite cute for spring! Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. This idea is SO creative. I’m loving your blog!

  27. randommanda says:

    Not only does this sound delicious, it looks gorgeous!

  28. That is so pretty, what a great, fresh looking way of serving something. I love the look of the site, just signed up for your posts.

  29. Artichokes are my favorite vegetable! I love it as an edible bowl. Great recipes and great photos too!

  30. I just bought some baby artichokes and I was thinking of grilling them. I love this recipe and the presentation is beautiful. I’m a fan of using the least amount of dishes as possible.

  31. mangocheeks says:

    The edible artichoke bowl is fantastic. I’ve only ever had fresh artichokes once, I’m a little nervous of prepping them.

  32. First I would like to say I love it when a man know how to cook:) Your wife is a lucky woman. Also I like your photographs. Your meals look wonderful! I made my first artichoke recently and I think this is interesting to see the many different ways and style of this plant beauty.

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  34. JamieAnne says:

    Just bought some artichokes so I can give this recipe a try!

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  36. souldipper says:

    Haven’t had this for years…thanks for the specifics so I can prepare this delish veggie again. I look forward to your dip. Many thanks, Rufus.

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