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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Preparing an Artichoke

Artichokes unfortunately are snubbed by too many consumers. Many people are really unfamiliar about how to prepare let alone eat an artichoke, so this week, learn some tips on how to prepare and enjoy this unusual vegetable.

Preparing an Artichoke
  • 1 artichoke
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vinaigrette or dipping sauce of your choice
  1. When shopping for artichokes, look for a bright green artichoke without any blemishes. Remove any torn or bruised leaves. With a sharp knife, cut off all but 1 inch of the stem. Cut off the top 1/2 inch of the artichoke. Cut off the sharp points of the leaves with a scissor.
  2. Rub a lemon half over the cut edges and immerse the artichoke in a bowl filled with water and the juice of 1 to 2 lemons until ready to steam. The juice of the lemons will prevent the artichoke from turning brown.
  3. Steam the artichoke in a shallow pan filled with about 1 1/2 inches of water. Stand the artichokes upside down on the steamer pan; cover. Steam over a high heat for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until a knife easily pierces the stem.
  4. Sprinkle the cooked artichoke with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Serve on a plate with the vinaigrette of dipping sauce of your choice.

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