This is a very basic and easy artichoke recipe! I got this recipe from my mom and think it is an excellent side dish choice as it complements most main courses. It looks a bit intimidating to cook at first, but it is pretty easy to make. Once you get a feel for this vegetable, you can get pretty creative with it. I usually make it as a side dish, but it can also be made as an appetizer.
You will need the following for this dish:
If you have never cooked an artichoke, you may have questions regarding how to prepare, cook and eat it. First of all, note that it does have thorns, so you need to be very careful when handling it to avoid getting pricked. You will need to cut off the thorns along with the stem as these are not edible. The leaves and the "heart," which is at the base of the stem, are the edible portions of the plant.
Artichokes can be steamed, baked or boiled! Perfect side dish or appetizer!
To prepare this dish, you will need to trim off the top of the artichoke about 1 inch or so. With scissors, cut the sharp end of the leaves, then chop off the hard stem. Add the artichoke to salted boiling water, cook on medium heat for about 30-40 minutes or until soft. Drain. Once cooled, scoop out the flower in the middle of the artichoke and leave the "meaty" part alone as that is the "heart" of the plant and the most edible. Place on a serving platter. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice. Salt to taste. To eat, peel each leaf and eat as-is or dip in butter or another sauce of your choice. If you choose to dip in a sauce, then omit drizzling olive oil and just add salt to taste.
Artichokes are usually eaten by peeling off each individual leaf and dipping them into various sauces such as olive oil, lemon juice, aioli and others.
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