We consider this artichoke dish a spring treat treat. Even though it’s easy to cook with frozen artichokes throughout the year, nothing beats artichokes in late spring.
The a la polita in this recipe means cooked the Istanbul/Constantinople way – a city that until a few decades ago had a sizeable Greek community and holds a central place in Greek identity.
You can dress this dish with just lemon or go for a whole avgolemono dressing. We prefer the lighter lemon dressing described below.
Cleaning and preparing artichokes seems hard an complicated but once you’ve tried it one time you find it’s not that big a deal. Here is a 1′ video on how to do it!
But if you don’t feel like it just buy some frozen artichoke hearts, they are delicious and much easier to handle throughout the year. We always have some in our freezer.
Agkinares a la polita belong to the extensive and much loved ladera group and are, as a result, delicious even a day or two after your cook them.
This is a delicious meal that looks very fancy and would suit any sort of gathering, from informal family meals to more formal dinners. Picky young eaters can eat the much-loved potatoes and carrots and hand over their artichokes to the adults. Ours often do!