Artichokes can be heavily infested with both aphids and thrips. These insects penetrate deeply between the thick leaves, which provide them with food and shelter. Thus, insects may even be found between the innermost layers of leaves around the heart. Please check Special Instructions below for instructions on insect inspection.
4 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 can artichoke hearts (non-marinated), drained
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup milk or non dairy substitute
onion or garlic salt and pepper to taste
Boil potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain. Mash slightly into big pieces, set aside. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, puree the drained artichoke hearts with half the butter and milk. Place the mixture in a bow and add the still warm potatoes and remaining butter and milk and mix/mash until you get the desired consistency or until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Artichokes and Insect Infestation Inspection:
Fresh artichokes may be prepared for use in one of the following ways:
1. If the artichoke leaves are desired, then: After cooking the artichoke, pull away each leaf and examine it for small green aphids or gray/black thrips. Pay careful attention to the stem of the leaf (i.e., where the leaf
was connected to the solid base).
2. If the heart of the artichoke is desired, then: The artichoke leaves that wrap around the heart of the artichoke should be spread apart, making space between each leaf. Carefully examine between the leaves. If there is no sign of insect infestation, the artichoke heart may be used after a thorough washing.
Due to the difficulty involved in checking and cleaning artichoke hearts, they are not presently allowed in OU restaurants unless nearly all the leaves have been removed.
3. The solid artichoke bottom, not surrounded by any leaves, may be used without any inspection. However, they should be rinsed prior to using.
Please note: Uncertified canned or jarred artichokes may present more than one Kashruth concern. They may not be used even if one were to check them scrupulously for insects.