Steamed Artichoke

February 21, 2011 – 7:38 pm

I steamed myself an artichoke today to go with dinner. Shaun’s not a fan, so more for me 🙂 Artichokes are easy to prepare – just cut off the top inch, trim the stem a bit, and steam for about 15-20 minutes, or until the base is fork tender. To eat, peel off each outer leaf, dip in your choice of sauce (I did ranch dressing tonight, but mayo, hollandaise, or melted butter are also very good), and use your teeth to scrape of the tender bit from the bottom of the leaf. As you work your way in, more and more of the leaf will be tender and edible. When you get to the last few inner leaves, just pull them off and set aside and get a spoon to scrape out the fuzzy choke in the center. You’ll be left with the little cup shaped heart to dip and devour 🙂

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