Orecchiette with Artichokes and Bacon Orecchiette con Carciofi e Pancetta The artichoke is in the thistle family. One medium to large artichoke will yield approximately 2 ounces of delicious edible flesh. An artichoke is fresh when it squeaks as you squeeze it, and feels heavy in your hand for its size. Look for a deep olive green on the outside, and pale tender green on the inside of the petals. Artichokes will last fresh about a week.
Spinach, Artichoke and Bacon Stuffed Soft Pretzels. *Going to try making something similar but with my go to Soft Pretzel Recipe and instead of using Greek Yogurt (Gag!) I will make my go to Spinach Dip with Bacon to fill it with. Another cool idea would be to use Jalapeno, Bacon Cream Cheese filling.