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Monday, June 6, 2011

How To Eat An Artichoke

Growing up, my sister and I always had artichokes!  So, when I see them, they don’t look strange to me at all.  I recently picked up my Bountiful Basket and to my delight……artichokes were in my basket!  While I was doing a happy dance, other people were wondering what the heck they were supposed to do with those green things!  So hopefully this post will help all those out there that are not sure what an artichoke is, not sure what to do with one, or not sure how to eat an artichoke!  You HAVE to try an artichoke at least once, I promise you will want one again & again!  I FORCED my picky 2 year old to take at least one bite….and after that she kept asking for “more ortichoke please”!  Artichokes are by far…my favorite food of all time….I hope you enjoy them as well!
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Let’s get started:
First, cut 1/4 of the top off of the artichoke with a sharp knifegrandpa 015
Cut the base off of the artichoke, so it will sit flat in your pangrandpa 016
Cut all the points off of all the leaves with your kitchen shears grandpa 017
Place your artichokes in a pan with about an inch of water in the bottom & bring to a boil.
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Cover the pan with a lid & turn to stove to low.  Simmer for 35-45 minutes, or until meat on leaves are tender.  Pull a leaf off occasionally to test tenderness.
Drain water out of artichoke & place on plate.  Serve with garlic butter sauce & ENJOY!!
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How To Eat:
Starting on the outside, pull leaves off & scrape your teeth along the base of the leaf.
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Continue doing this until you get to the very center of the artichoke (it will look like this)
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You are now down to the heart of the artichoke.  Using a fork or spoon, slowly scoop out all the hair until you are left with the heart (it will look like this)
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The heart is the best part of the artichoke.  Cut it up into bite size pieces, dip it in butter & enjoy!
Garlic Butter Sauce
  • 1 stick butter
  • garlic powder
Melt butter in microwave.  Stir in garlic powder until desired taste.
You have now learned how to make & eat an artichoke!  Now…..go to the store, get one & try it out!  You will not be disappointed!!!
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Mindy said...

Our house looooves artichokes! I could eat one with a loaf of bread and call it a meal! :o) We do the garlic butter too, but we always have mayo as well. A little gross to think about, but OH SO GOOD!

Kelly @livingcraftilyeverafter said...

Mmmm.. Love me some artichockes! :) Now I need to go buy some!

Renegades said...

I think I'm gonna have to try and make some now.

Anonymous said...

My grandmother makes artichokes for every holiday. We "stuff" the leaves with a mix of bread crumbs, parm cheese and EVOO, and then boil as you did.

memakingdo said...

I must admit I have never tried artichokes before but they look great I may have to try them now. Thanks for finding my blog so I could find your great blog, I'm your newest follower!

Michael said...

I have to be honest, I have never bought a fresh artichoke because I don't know how to eat it. I've bought the canned stuff millions of times, I love artichoke. Thanks so much for the tutorial...

Lisa said...

I'm a choke fan too! Thanks for following me and I am doing the same.

Anonymous said...

That solves the mystery! I have been wanting to try one but had no idea where to even start! Thanks!!

Mariesa M. said...

Mmm! We ate our artichoke from our BB with dinner last night - soo delicious!

Jess said...

Okay this is seriously awesome. My Mom used to make artichokes like this all the time and I LOVED it. I had forgotten all about them. I'll definitely make some for my family now that you reminded me how to make them!

Michelle said...

I love artichokes too!! I just cut off a small portion of the bottom and put them in a shallow dish of water or pampered chef micro steamer in the microwave for 6-7 minutes. Delicious.

Laurie said...

From the book "The Lesson of the Artichoke": A shared artichoke will slowly reveal its heart; in the same way time and effort will turn acquaintanceships into friendships. You peel the layers off one by one. Slowly. Patiently. Making time. Taking time. Rewarded in small ways. And all the while, you’re working toward a goal. As the stewing makes the artichoke petals tender, so too, do time and effort create the tender treasure of friendship. We are most comfortable with the things we know the best. But if we always avoid the unfamiliar, how will we ever know what riches may be waiting for us, deep within the heart? A first encounter with an artichoke can be a perplexing and somewhat formidable experience, for the artichoke gives little clue from its appearance of the delights that wait within. The heart of the artichoke is surrounded – protected- by both leaves and the choke or thistle.

Jill said...

Ok - I admit, I've never eaten artichoke - and wouldn't have known how to try until now! Thanks for sharing! I will try them!!

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Jill @ Creating my way to Success

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

What an organized post!

I just pinned you on my food section at pinterest...{need to do this soon!}

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Love it so much I featured it today at my Hookin Up with HoH Party!



Anonymous said...

Yum! My mom used to make us artichokes all the time when I was a youngster!

Jo @ SmileMonsters

Pamela said...

Now I'm seriously craving one and not an artichoke in sight!

I'm here (and following) from Strut Your Stuff.

May your day be joyful,

Nisha said...

My 4 yr old loves artichokes! I don't go to the work to do all the trimming anymore. I just cut it in half lengthwise, put in the steam and eat as we peel off the leaves 30 minutes after being in the steamer.

Sweetwater Style said...

Our CostCo has the best artichokes! Try this for a sauce: 1/2 cup mayonaise, 1tsp. dry mustard, 3 Tsp. Worchestershire Sauce. We call it "secret sauce" at our house. It is delicious with artichokes.

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