This recipe was born out of my thrift and my friend’s creativity. I bought some artichokes at the weekend, but I didn’t actually have a plan of what to do with them. I could have gone to buy some sausages or pork chops to go alongside, but I was hoping to avoid going to the shops yet again – I wanted to create something with the bits and pieces I already had at home.
I did have three rashers of bacon, so my friend suggested I fry an onion with the chopped up bacon, and add cubes of the artichoke to make a kind of hash – which is exactly what I did, and what a treat. Definitely tasty, easy and cheap, and the artichokes could easily be substituted for potatoes when you can’t get hold of them.
They’ve got a lovely flavour, potatoey and celery-y if you haven’t tried them, and they go really creamy in a soup, which is how I usually serve them. But they have a really nice texture too, firm but gentle to bite through, like a fudge, and I wanted to retain that however I cooked.
So this is what I came up with – just 20 minutes of happy frying.
Artichoke, Bacon and Onion Hash
4 Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and diced
3 rashers bacon, chopped
1 onion, diced
splash of olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1 can baked beans, to serve
- Microwave the artichokes for 5 minutes until almost cooked through. Meanwhile fry the bacon in olive oil for 3 minutes on a high heat.
- Remove the bacon and fry the onions for 5 minutes.
- Add the artichokes and return the bacon to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes, or until nicely golden brown.
- Serve with baked beans, if you like 🙂
For more frugal yummy ideas (and this time, extra healthy ones, which I think mine qualifies for if you cut the fat off the bacon as I did and don’t use too much oil!) – have a look at January 2016’s Credit Crunch Munch, from Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food 4 All.