Sweet and Sour Glazed Artichokes with Caramelized Onions

You can use either standard large globe artichokes for this recipe, or if you can find them, Roman artichokes.

Think of artichoke leaves as the petals of a flower (which indeed they are). Choose artichokes where the leaves haven't opened much. If they've begun to open, the artichoke is probably not as fresh and good as one where the leaves are still closed and tight.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 large globe artichokes (or 4 Roman artichokes)
  • 1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced cross-wise
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp white vinegar
  • Lemon for the acidulated water

Method

1 Prep the artichokes: Prepare a large bowl of water, squeeze half a lemon into the water. Working with the artichokes one at a time, pull off the outer leaves of the artichoke until they easily snap off.

Peel the stem, and cut off all but 1 to 1 1/2 inches of the stem. Cut off the top half of the artichokes.

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Use a paring knife to cut around the edge of the artichoke, removing any green parts. Angle the knife toward the center of the artichoke while you do this so the result is more cone-shaped.

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Use a melon baller to scoop out and discard the fuzzy choke in the center of the artichoke.

Cut the artichoke into quarters, and cut each quarter into 3 or 4 slices. Place in the acidified water.

2 Cook artichokes with sliced onions in olive oil: Heat olive oil in a 3 to 4 quart, thick-bottomed pot on medium heat. Add the sliced onions and artichoke hearts. Toss to coat with the olive oil.

Cook on medium low to low heat for 40 minutes or so, stirring occasionally, until the artichokes are completely cooked through and tender, and the onions are caramelized.

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3 Sprinkle with salt, sugar, and vinegar and cook for a few minutes more.

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Comments

  • Bebe

    PS. As I recall Trader Joe’s has artichokes in several sizes other than the large ones.

  • Judy

    I love artichokes, but never can figure out quite what to do with them other than marinating them as Anti Pasto, so this a welcome recipe!

  • Tori Avey @ ToriAvey.com

    So delish! Love artichokes.

  • Barbara Smith

    I have a jar of artichoke hearts I bought from Sam’s Club can I use them for this recipe? If yes what are the directions then to use them ?

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Barbara, this recipe is designed for cooking raw artichoke hearts. I haven’t tried making it with already cooked canned artichoke hearts so don’t know what to tell you.