Thursday, April 23, 2009

Simply Artichokes!


Everyone at our house loves artichokes. I'm sharing our simple way of cooking and enjoying them anytime.
First find nice firm artichokes. Cut the stem off so you have a flat base. Cut the top say up to 1/2 to 1 inch straight across. Snip each leaf at the top to get rid of the sharp prickly part. Rinse really well and lay upside down with some of the liquid in a microwavable dish. Cover the dish and microwave on high for approx. 5 minutes for one. I did these for 10 minutes for the two and they were perfect.

Put the artichoke on any plate (be careful it will be very hot) Aren’t these artichoke plates Springy looking that I got from Goodwill for cheap?! Next choose your dip of choice. Dear likes mayonnaise, I like Ranch Dressing, the rest of my family likes Italian dressing. Put a little on the plate in the nifty section made just for it. Peel off one leaf at a time and dip the end that was most connected then scrap off the goodness with your teeth. (I love that soft focus you can fix photos with cuz now you can’t see all my wrinkles on this close up of me with the leaf) As you get farther into the center the leaves are more delicate and you can scrap off more goodness to eat, or even eat the whole leaf except for there always seems to be a little prickly part you need to avoid. Now here’s why they call it a Artichoke (maybe)…


See that fuzzy feathery part of the choke. This is the part you need to discard because you will probably choke on it. We use a spoon to scrape off all the fuzziness to get to the very best part the heart of the artichoke, you’ll need to apply a little pressure to remove the fuzzies from the heart but be careful not to scrape away the heart. After scrapping off the fuzz, sometimes I even rinse this part off to make sure I got rid of all the fuzzies, yep I’m a little paranoid that way. Now you can eat the heart and it’s solid artichoke yumminess. Make sure you add a little more dip if you got low in the eating process at this point :0) This is a fun appetizer that we always enjoy at our house!

14 comments:

  1. My daughter taught me to cook them this way and I love them but I've never dipped them in Ranch dressing.. bet their really good that way.

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  2. I love the plates! Another way that I like to fix artichokes it boil them for one hour in water heavily spiked with apple cider vinegar and salt. Then I let them soak. It makes them almost pickle and they are so delicious, even PLAIN!

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  3. I just cooked my first artichokes, ever, and they were very good. I can't believe I waited 56 years to try them.

    I ate mine with melted butter to dip in, hubs had pesto mayonaise with his. Both ways were good.

    I also love those plates and think you should send them to me if you ever decide to get rid of them. Lucky you that you found them at a thrift shop.

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  4. I love artichokes...but now I'm going to try this. It looks like a fun event with a small group.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. try 'em with hollandaise!

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  6. I have been eating artichokes since I was little (raised by Sicilians). We stuff them with cheese and breadcrumbs, then steam them slowly. The breading is delicious. No dip needed. The heart is my favorite part!

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  7. Don't think I have ever had artichokes..they will need to go on my 'to try' list.

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  8. Ellen, thank you for this tutorial on artichokes. . and I love your photos too.

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  9. As has been mentioned, this is such a nice tutorial! Often times we don't buy something because we don't know what to do with it. I've used canned but not fresh artichokes. Your presentations looks beautiful!

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  10. I needed this...since artichokes aren't often found in my kitchen.

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  11. My husband and I fight over the hearts...one never leaves the room without their artichoke for fear of the other stealing their heart. :) We eat them with salted butter or a mixture of butter and mayo.

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  12. I watched a show by Alton Brown once on artichokes, and ever since, have been scared of them. lol They looked like SO much work, but the microwave is a great modern-day tool in the kitchen, huh? :)

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  13. JUST like I make them. Only I dip them in individual serving dishes of melted butter which has Franks Red Hot sauce stirred in....anyway you eat them...they are mmmm mmmm good! Thanks for the great way of explaining how to get to the heart. I am always surprised at how many people have never tired this wonderful vegetable!

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  14. Kraft used to make a really nice salad dressing that had dill and a kind of "salad cream English Dressing" flavour to it, but we haven't been able to find any in the stores for a few years now, so I'd quit making artichokes. We used to love it with Chardonney wine - tasted superb together. I'll have to try the Ranch dressing, but that doesn't seem to go with Chardonney as much.

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