Artichokes! We have all seen them in the produce aisle and wondered to ourselves, “Who was the first person to eat that?” They look like giant green flower buds! However, don’t let their looks fool you; this deceptive little vegetable can be great tasting. Although their preparation is a little involved, the delicious reward is worth it!
Let’s start at the beginning! Select artichokes that are a bright green color, have tight inner leaves and are free of splotches, dark areas, and mildew. The artichoke should feel heavy compared to their size. You’re artichoke should also have an overall fresh appearance.
You can prepare your artichoke in several different ways: boiled, roasted, sauteed or cut up into a dip. Prep your artichoke by cutting an inch off the top and snipping the tips of each leaf. Next, you can remove the fluffy inner part, called the choke, or simply boil them whole. To remove the choke you will need to cut the artichoke in half and scoop it out with a spoon.
If you are boiling them whole; place your artichoke in a large pot, cover with water, bring the water to a boil, reduce and let simmer for about 30 minutes, uncovered. Afterwards you will want to let them drain for about 5 minutes, then cut them in half and scoop out the cooked choke. Then roast, saute, add to a dip or simply enjoy with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.
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