Y'all! It's time to harvest the young cardoons! Cardoons (Genus: Cynara / Species: C. cardunculus) are a plant relative to artichokes. The celery-like stalks are cleaned and eaten vs the flowers like you would for an artichoke. They have a very similar flavor to that of artichoke hearts....so much so that you could replace them with artichoke hearts if you don't have access to cardoons. Cardoons are a great source of magnesium, iron, potassium, as well as a variety of other vitamins and minerals. They are also an excellent source of folic acid. The nutrients found in cardoons are said to help reduce cardiovascular issues, insomnia, and a host of other health problems. Bottom line is, cardoons are badass. ;)
I made this recipe once and it was FABULOUS so I decided to make it again so I can videotape how I made it. Now, those of you that follow us know I don't go by recipes nor am I good at writing down what I put into things. I make my own dishes and 'fly by the seat of my pants' so to speak. This time I wanted to capture the recipe so you all can recreate it. We have beautiful heirloom tomatoes coming in, onions and garlic from our earlier harvest, Chinese spinach growing like crazy, cardoons ready to use....why not put them to good use!?
~Kindred Acres Creamy Cardoon Casserole~
5 or 6 young cardoon stalks (alternatively, you could use artichoke hearts)
1 3/4 cup orzo
2 tomatoes - diced
1 to 2 onions - diced
2 packed cups of fresh spinach - chopped
1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms - chopped
4 cloves garlic - minced
1 package organic cream cheese
1 1/2 cup organic sourcream
Smoked Gouda Cheese - shredded (could sub for smoked cheddar or any smoked cheese really)
Take a look at the video! I apologize ahead that we had some technical difficulties with a few parts of the video...they recorded as audio only. It wasn't anything that was detrimental and I think you'll get the point of it all anyway so check it out, leave us some love, and I hope you try it!! P.s. I did get a kid seal of approval. She asked for seconds. ;)
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