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Tips for Delicious Appetizers Using Artichoke Hearts

May 15, 2013 Emily Murray Minneapolis/St. Paul 0 Comments

Tips for Delicious Appetizers Using Artichoke Hearts

Artichoke hearts are one of those foods similar to sardines that not everybody cares for them on their own; but they can add that something special to give you and your guests’ palates that extra enjoyment when eating an appetizer that makes for an unforgettable experience. Anybody can learn how to add artichokes to their ingredient staples to make appetizers for family and guests a dining experience to remember. For those who want to add extra flair, cooking classes at an accredited culinary school may be the way to go!

Most people are familiar with artichoke hearts from the spinach and artichoke dips that are common in many chain restaurants. Artichokes can jazz up your appetizers, and they can be bought raw – then cooked at home, bought frozen, or in jars that are marinated or plain.

Wrap artichokes with a favorite cheese in dough to make delicious baked or fried appetizers

Artichokes pair well with cheeses such as, parmesan, cream cheese, gouda and fontina – just to name a few. Many of these tasty dishes are taught as amazing appetizers to prepare in cooking classes. Slice or cube your favorite cheese, and mix with chopped artichokes and your favorite marinade. Wrap in your favorite dough, then fry or bake and you will have delicious bite-sized appetizers that will not last very long among your guests. 

Artichokes can make your antipasto appetizers unforgettable

Whether you are offering a standard platter, or premixed antipasto salad, adding artichokes will add an unforgettable zing to your appetizer. A common platter has sliced meats, cheeses, olives and peppers. You can make your platter stand out with some marinated artichoke hearts in the center, or next to the cheese. Not only will they add extra flavor to the dish, they add a nice color to the presentation of the platter. 

Replace onions with artichoke hearts on your skewers

Skewers are fun to make and eat. You can easily add artichokes where you would place an onion on meat and vegetarian skewers. Pork and chicken are great meats to experiment with; and salami and artichokes always pair well. 

Artichokes do not need spinach to make delicious dips

Most people have tasted dip with spinach and artichoke; but artichokes go great with many other foods, so there is no need to limit pairing with only spinach. Adding them to garbanzo beans will make a delicious hummus dip. For those who prefer cream cheese based dips, artichoke hearts added to olives, basil, garlic, and tomatoes makes a great starting base for an amazing dip.

Artichokes can make salads spectacular

Artichokes may be common in antipasto salads, but should not be limited to only them. Savory salads can be made with avocado, tomato, cheese, bell pepper, olives, cucumbers, and salami. Pick the most popular ingredients of your guests and mix them together with a delicious marinade for a delightful salad that will do what great appetizers do, leave them wanting more.  If you want to explore your culinary passion even further, taking classes at an accredited culinary school may be the right choice for you!

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis . Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/Minneapolis for more information. 

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