This simple bruschetta recipe is delicious and versatile – piled with beautiful veg you can’t go wrong
Baby artichoke bruschetta
- 8 baby artichokes
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 lemon , juice of
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1 handful fresh mint , leaves picked
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- Start by preparing the artichokes, peel them back to their pale, light leaves, then halve them and remove the hairy chokes with a teaspoon. Place them in a pan with just enough water to cover them. Add the garlic cloves and a little squeeze of lemon juice and cook until the stalks are tender.
- Drain in a colander, then place the artichokes straight back into the empty pan with 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil and fry for 4 minutes to get a bit of colour on them. When they're slightly golden, remove from the heat, squeeze in a little lemon juice, add the mint and season carefully to taste.
- Remove 4 artichoke halves from the pan and put to one side, then mash all the rest in the pan, using a fork to squash the garlic out of the skins (throw the skins away).
- Smear across your basic bruschetta, tearing one of the reserved artichoke halves over the top of each. PS It's also really nice to add a handful of freshly grated Parmesan to the mashed-up artichokes.