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What Is an Artichoke Casserole?

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  • Written By: M. Chambers
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  • Last Modified Date: 17 July 2017
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Artichoke casserole is a type of dish that contains artichokes as one of the main ingredients. Other ingredients that may be used in this type of casserole normally include chicken, spinach, mushrooms, cheese, and onions. It is common to use frozen or canned artichoke hearts in the casserole. Other components that are typically added to the dish can include bread crumbs, rice, chicken broth, spices, flour, butter, salt, and pepper.

Casserole is a popular dish and is relatively easy to prepare because individuals can add many different ingredients to the meal. Artichoke hearts go well with casserole dishes because they are soft in texture and have a mild taste that complements other ingredients such as cheddar cheese, vegetables, and rice. Those who make this type of casserole may decide to use other vegetables or meats in addition to the artichokes. It is not uncommon, however, to use only artichoke hearts with the other necessary ingredients like flour, spices, and cheese.

The spices and herbs used in artichoke casserole generally include garlic, paprika, pepper, and dried parsley. Vegetables such as spinach, zucchini, mushroom, onion, and squash are also commonly included in an artichoke casserole recipe. Chicken or bacon can be added to a casserole with vegetables, as well. To give the dish a creamy taste and texture, milk or cream is often added, as well as cheddar or Parmesan cheese. For more flavorful casseroles, Worcestershire sauce or spicy peppers can be included as ingredients.

This type of casserole is usually cooked inside of a deep baking pan or a casserole dish. A slow cooker can also be used to make an artichoke casserole or stew. Depending on the ingredients used in the dish and the quantity, the casserole may take anywhere from several minutes to a few hours to prepare. Artichoke casserole is always served hot, and may be accompanied with a side dish or salad. The meal may also be served with soups or dipping sauces.

Consuming artichokes on a regular basis can provide several health benefits. Artichoke hearts are rich in nutrients, such as folate, vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and calcium. In addition, they include healthy amounts of iron, fiber, and phosphorus. They are also low in calories and fat, and contain very little sodium in their natural state. The fiber in artichoke hearts can also aid in digestion and may prevent certain types of cancers and diseases.

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