I think more people decorate with artichokes than actually eat them.
When I was young my mom used to take me to this restaurant that served artichokes as an hors d’oeuvre.
They would bring it to your table and you’d eat the fleshy part of the leaves. Once you were done they’d take it back to the kitchen, carve out the heart and bring it back for you to enjoy. It was a special treat.
Have you ever seen these curious vegetables and wondered how on earth you prepare them?
There are actually a lot of ways to prepare them from grilling to broiling but here’s how I do it.
First, cut off the stem, only for the fact that it will be able to sit upright. Next slice off the top so the steam has better access to get all the way through. Sometimes the tops of the leaves can have a little pricker and I’ve seen some chefs use kitchen shears to cut approx 1/4 inch of each leaf off. Not really necessary just fancy.
My preferred method of cooking an artichoke is to steaming.
You can use a steaming basket in a pot on the stove. I use my steamer (favorite kitchen appliance) which I use for everything…veggies, hard boiled eggs, steamed oatmeal…everything.
Steam for approx 30-40 minutes.
You can test it’s “done-ness” when you can easily pull a leaf off without a lot of resistance.
“Done” looks like this.
To eat, pluck a leaf and scrape off the white flesh of the bottom of the leaf between your teeth.
I tried to take a photo demonstrating but I looked liked a total doof.
Dip in melted butter or any dipping sauce of your choice.
Once all the leaves have been pulled off you’re left with this.
Grab the rest of the leaves with your fingers and pull them off.
You’ll expose the fuzzy part called the choke.
Remove it with a knife or spoon.
Next slice off the bottom part that is tough. Don’t slice off too much or you’ll be slicing the best part.
What’s left is the pot of gold…the artichoke heart.
I will say it’s not to prettiest “heart” you can imagine but it’s de-lish.
Dip in sauce and enjoy.
I’m still making my friendly reminder about our latest giveaway here.