Homemade Marinated Artichoke Hearts
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Delicious homemade artichoke hearts are an amazing thing to serve as part of an appetizer party or to give as a hostess gift. They’re also great to have in your fridge for adding to salads, omelets and pasta dishes. This post is sponsored by Pompeian because we know that Pompeian’s commitment to quality and authenticity can be tasted in every bottle of their delicious oils and vinegars. Learn more about their amazing products at Pompeian.com.
The holiday season is here and with it comes so many opportunities for being with family and friends. And that of course means opportunities to eat. Ha! Don’t you just love the holidays?
There are only two real problems with the holidays that I see. One is that it can be hard to find the time for cooking and the other is that there is a lot of rich unhealthy food going around. So today I thought I’d share a really unique and fantastic recipe for you that is perfect on so many levels for the holiday season, but mostly because it’s fancy yet easy and healthy. It’s for House-Marinated Artichoke Hearts.
Artichoke hearts are kinda fancy; they’re unusual and that makes them special. The fact that you’ve marinated them yourself instead of buying them marinated, adds more specialness. That’s perfect for the holidays.
You can put these out for any buffet or appetizer party. You can also cook with them throughout the season by chopping them and adding them to omelets, pasta dishes and salads. You can even take a jar of these artichoke hearts as a hostess gift or wrap them and give them as a present to a loved one (just keep refrigerated until giving time). Very versatile.
In addition to being fancy and delicious, the marinated artichoke hearts are also really healthy. Artichokes aren’t a common food in North America. We don’t think of them that often. They are a vegetable though and have surprising health benefits that should add them to your more regular food list. Artichokes are packed with antioxidants, they have detoxifying, liver-cleansing benefits, they aid digestion and are high in fiber.
For this artichoke recipe, you’re going to really boost all that health by marinating them in Organic Apple Cider Vinegar that contains “the mother”. Cider vinegar is well-known for its health benefits. When it’s unfiltered and contains the mother vinegar it has even more healthy bacteria filled with a high volume of polyphenols (antioxidants). It also improves digestion and boosts the immune system, combats bad cholesterol, prevents dandruff, soothes sore throats, keeps skin healthy and reducing excess fat in cells, promoting weight loss. That’s something I can really get behind in the holiday season!
I’ve chosen to use Pompeian’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother because Pompeian’s commitment to quality and authenticity can be tasted in every bottle. Pompeian works with multiple third parties to ensure the quality of its products. It’s a great brand that you know you can trust for great flavor and great quality.
Now that you know why this recipe is so great for the holiday seasons, I’m going to show you how to make it.
How to Marinate Artichoke Hearts
Get out a clean container with tight-fitting lid or mason jar that has a 16-24 ounce capacity. Into it you put 2 cloves of garlic (sliced), 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon of dry oregano leaves and 12 peppercorns.
Open a 14 ounce can of whole baby artichokes packed in water and drain off the water. Put them in the jar.
Measure 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of organic apple cider vinegar into a small sauce pot. Heat to a boil over high heat. Pour it over the artichoke hearts until they are 3/4 covered in liquid. You may not need all of the liquid depending on the size of your container.
Pour olive oil over the artichoke hearts until they are fully covered.
Put on the lid and give them a really good shake to distribute the garlic and seasonings throughout the jar. Let them cool on the counter.
Refrigerate for 24 hours before serving. They’ll stay good in the fridge after that for up to a week.
Here’s a printable version of the instructions for you:
Homemade Marinated Artichoke Hearts
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp. dry oregano leaves
- 12 whole peppercorns
- 1 (14oz.) jar baby artichoke hearts packed in water, drained
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup Pompeian Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother
- olive oil (approximately 1/4 cup)
- Into a clean 16-24 ounce jar put the garlic, red pepper flakes, dry oregano leaves and peppercorns.
- Add the artichoke hearts.
- Measure the water and cider vinegar into a small sauce pot. Heat to a boil over high heat. Pour over the artichoke hearts until 3/4 covered in liquid. You may not need all of the liquid depending on the size of your jar.
- Pour olive oil over the artichoke hearts until they are fully covered.
- Put on the lid and shake well.
- Cool on the counter. Refrigerate for 24 hours before serving. They'll keep in the fridge for 1 week.