The most basic way to enjoy an artichoke is to steam it. You steam them whole after cleaning them carefully. When you eat the artichoke you start by peeling off the leaves and scraping off the flesh inside the leaf with your teeth. You can enjoy the leaves with mayonnaise, melted butter, lemon juice or even different types of vinaigrette. After eating the leaves you will have uncovered the heart, which is covered in the fuzz, which you gently scrape off with a spoon and discard. Then you can enjoy the heart.
- Ready in: about 40 minutes
- Serves: 4
- Complexity: easy
- 4 large artichokes
- Start by carefully cleaning the artichokes. Trim the artichokes by trimming the bottom of the stem. You can also trim off the tops of the leaves to remove the small thorns, but this step is optional. Finally, make sure you peel off the small fringe leaves on the stem.
- Next, place a steaming rack in the bottom of a large pot. Put about one inch of water into the bottom of the pot. Bring the water to a boil, then put the artichokes in the steaming rack, stem side up. Cover and steam over medium to high heat for about 40 minutes, or until the artichokes are tender. Remove the artichokes from the rack and serve hot.