|Artichoke Heart & Meatball Casserole|
Has anyone noticed all the different sized artichokes in the produce department of their local grocery store lately?
I was at Longos and found this package of Ocean Mist Baby Artichokes and was surprised to learn they're an antioxidant. Once I read this on the packaging, I knew I had to make this purchase and figure out what to do with them once I got home.
I've never cooked baby artichokes before and hadn't realized how much work was involved in cleaning them up just to get to their heart. At one point, I started wondering about what I had gotten myself into. I didn't even have a recipe to work from. (Kind of wish I'd seen the linked Ocean Mist video, above, before making this recipe, as I probably would have used some of the inner leaves).
I also baked some mini meatballs on the side that I added into the casserole once the vegetables were cooked. They turned out so tender and I'll credit that to my Kitchen Aid Mini Chopper. (For a recipe on the meatballs, see here or here and be sure to use your mini chopper for the onions).
I'm just so glad I took pictures to remember what I did because the outcome was fantastic!