How to Cook an Artichoke

The artichoke is a thistle bud that is an absolutely amazing side-dish when prepared properly. Learning how to cook artichoke is both fun and rewarding. Here's my favorite way:

This is how to cook an artichoke

Begin by cutting stem off to less than one inch and slicing an inch or so off the top. Rinse under cold water and place in a steaming basket situated in a pot holding a few inches of water, garlic clove, bay leaf, and a slice of lemon. Cover, bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer until outer leaves can be pulled off easily (25-45 minutes). You can also wrap in wax paper and cook on HI in microwave for five minutes. When cool enough to handle, spread the leaves and remove fuzzy choke with a spoon.

Serve as an appetizer or side dish with melted butter, mayonnaise, or another dipping sauce. Goes well with a dry chardonnay wine. Artichokes are a source of vitamin C and potassium and are said to lower cholesterol.

photo by Crystl

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