This Crockpot Artichokes Recipe is an easy way to make yummy artichokes! Only a few hours in the slow cooker + a few ingredients to make them! Don’t be intimidated – this recipe is easy and delicious!
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So many people have never cooked or eaten a whole artichoke and WOW are you missing out.
Sure, artichoke hearts are often the star of the show (we use them in our Greek Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bake, Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Healthy Lemon Artichoke Chicken!) But whole artichokes are a whole different experience and so tasty.
If you’ve ever wondered how you cook artichokes – look no further! You can cook artichokes on the stove, but I prefer to cook them in the crockpot. It’s a foolproof way to cook them.
In this post, I’m sharing all my best tips for prepping artichokes, how to cook an artichoke, and even how to eat one (it’s a valid question!)
Growing up, artichokes were a staple at my grandparents’ house. I come from an Italian family.. and I guess I really never realized how many people would never even think to try cooking them because we always had them around.
If you’ve never had them – they’re very light, extremely delicious, and in my opinion, they’re just fun to eat!
If you’ve never made artichokes – don’t worry, I have some tips for you to make it a total breeze.
Tips for Cleaning Artichokes:
Slice stems on the bottom so they can sit flatly in the crockpot
Use scissors to trim pointy leaves (not necessary, but recommended!)
Slice the top of the artichoke so it is flat. This will make it easier to fill with the oil and spices
Bang the artichoke on a sturdy surface to help open up the leaves. Use your fingers to open up the artichokes + be sure to rinse very well in the sink. (sometimes they can have dirt or even small bugs in them – YUCK!)
Dip in lemon juice immediately after washing to avoid browning (not necessary, but if you want them to look pretty!)
Once you have that done.. it’s just a matter of mixing together oil/spices and turning on the crockpot.. THAT’S IT! Seriously.. couldn’t be simpler!
How to make crockpot artichokes:
- Clean your artichokes following the steps above. Cleaning the artichokes is the hardest part of making them!
- Mix together your oil/spices. Place the artichokes in the crockpot base, drizzle the mixture evenly into each artichoke
- Add your broth, turn on the crockpot..and THAT’S IT! Seriously.. couldn’t be simpler!
Now.. you might be wondering.. how the heck do you even eat these things?!
How to eat an artichoke
You can watch this video on how to eat an artichoke (it’s a very valid question!) Once you try them, I think you’re going to fall in love!
You don’t have to do anything to these artichokes – they’re ready to eat as is, but some people like to dip them in melted butter!
The leaves should easily pull out from the center. Don’t forget to eat the heart (in the center) – that’s the best part!!
Substitutions for this recipe:
Dairy Free– You can omit parmesan cheese to make this recipe dairy free
Vegan– You can omit parmesan cheese + use vegetable broth to make this recipe vegan/vegetarian
Dried Spices – you can use 1/4 the amount of dried spices instead of fresh spices
Healthy Crockpot Artichokes
- Place cleaned artichokes in crockpot (see below for instructions on how to clean artichokes)
- Pour broth in the bottom of the crockpot.
- In a measuring cup (will be easier to pour from!), whisk together olive oil, garlic, cheese + spices until combined. Pour olive oil/spice mixture evenly in each artichoke.
- Cook on low for 3-4 hours. It is best if you can baste the artichokes with the broth every hour or so. Cook time may vary depending on the size of your artichokes. If they’re on the smaller side, I would do 3, if larger, try 4!
- Garnish with fresh parsley, serve + enjoy
Tips for Cleaning Artichokes:
- Slice stems on the bottom so they can sit flatly in the crockpot
- Use a scissors to trim pointy leaves (not necessary, but recommended!)
- Slice top of artichoke so it is flat. This will make it easier to fill with the oil and spices
- Bang the artichoke on a sturdy surface to help open up the leaves. Use your fingers to open up the artichokes + be sure to rinse very well in the sink. (sometimes they can have dirt or even small bugs in them – YUCK!)
- Dip in lemon juice immediately after washing to avoid browning (not necessary, but if you want them to look pretty!)