How to Cook Artichokes

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Fresh whole artichokes are fun to eat--just be sure to have some receptacles around for the discarded leaves. Artichokes are not only eaten, they can also be used to make tea and Cynar, which is an Italian liquor.

Difficulty:
Easy

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bowls
  • Artichokes
  • Tongs
  • Saucepans
  • Chef's Knives
    • 1

      Wash artichokes in cold water.

    • 2

      Cut off the top inch or so from each artichoke. If there are any leaves with thorns on their tops remaining, pull them out.

    • 3

      Boil artichokes in salted water 20 to 45 minutes, until artichokes are tender.

    • 4

      Alternatively, steam artichokes for 15 to 30 minutes, or until tender.

    • 5

      As another option, microwave artichokes, individually wrapped in plastic, for 8 to 15 minutes.

    • 6

      Drain artichokes well, upside down. Serve with melted butter to dip the leaves in, or try homemade mayonnaise or garlic mayonnaise.

    • 7

      To trim and cook just the artichoke hearts and inner leaves, first fill a large mixing bowl with cold water and add the juice of one lemon.

    • 8

      Remove all the tough outer leaves from an artichoke. Stop removing leaves when you get to the tender, light green ones.

    • 9

      Cut about 1 to 2 inches off the top of the artichoke, then cut the artichoke into quarters. Put three quarters in the bowl of water and work with the remaining quarter.

    • 10

      Use a spoon to remove the fuzzy choke and purple and white inner leaves from the center of the artichoke. Slice the artichoke quarter into as many slices as you want; put the slices in the water and proceed with another quarter.

    • 11

      Sauté, braise or stew the artichoke slices as you wish.

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