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How to Cook Fresh Artichoke Recipe

24 Jul 2012
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Artichoke is a low-calorie diet rich in anti-oxidants. Minus the butter, for me, this is a perfect healthy vegetarian snack. Plus, it tastes good!

Summary

Yield
to 2 Servings
Prep time
1 hour
Cooking time
Total time
1 hour

Description

Additionally, Artichoke leaf extract had been known from several researches to ease in indigestion problem. Consumption of artichoke also reduces bad cholesterol level.

Ingredients

1  
artichoke head
   
water
2 T
butter (melted) or olive oil
   
seasoned salt to taste
   
black pepper to taste

Instructions

Preparing the stem. Cut the bottom stem of the artichoke. Peel the stem until you reached the softer part. Slice in half.
Preparing the head. Trim the top part of the head, then cut (using kitchen scissor) the tops of the leaves, which are in the outer part of the artichoke head. You are doing this because such “leaves” could be somewhat sharp.
Place the head and prepared stem on a heavy pot and fill with water about 2” over the artichoke head.
 
Heat over medium to high heat until it boils, then reduce heat to medium. Continue cooking for up to 45 minutes or more (until the leaves can be pulled out softly, and the meats in its bottom part is soft as well. Set aside.
Preparing the sauce. Season melted butter or oil with seasoned salt and black pepper.
Serving the Artichoke. Start nibbling this goodness by taking out leaves beginning from the outer part. Dip the bottom part of the leaves in the prepared sauce and nibble away except the harder part. Keep going until you reach the middle part. The middle part will have the softer leaves. Continue pulling these out until you are able to open its bottom plate, which is all soft meat (picture below).
 
I love it when my husband leaves me this part. What a luxury!

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Hi there! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog. I'm happy to follow you as well. I love artichokes. My grandma used to make them for us whenever we visited. My dad and I shared the heart. The best part. Thanks for bringing back the memories! :) *There's an error with my Facebook link. It routed your request to the wrong account. Just wanted you to know I'm not ignoring your request! It should be fixed now.

I'm so glad to have found this. I've never had fresh artichoke, but have always wanted to try it. All I hear is how delicious it is!

I love artichokes. Not only are they delicious, they are so pretty. Thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Would love it if you would share this post at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-8.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Artichokes are my favorite! My dad used to cook them by wrapping them in cling wrap and sticking them in the microwave for a while (I don't remember exactly how long) and they were delicious. We always dip the outer leaves in mayonnaise; artichokes are the perfect excuse to eat mayo! Thanks for stopping by Practically Functional :-)

Artichoke is the best! We love goign to the Artichoke Festival in Castroville...and as you drive highway 1 you see fields and fields of artichokes...I love the way the plants look too.

Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

I think so many people are intimidated by artichokes because they don't know how to cook them. Thank you for sharing this on foodie friday.

Thanks for sharing you artichoke recipe, I have never made them from scratch before. Maybe this gave me the courage to try! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

Love your artichoke recipe. I've never cooked them at home, but I love to eat them. And I especially like them just like you prepared them- dipped in butter. Will have to give your recipe a try since I hardly ever see them on restaurant menus any more.

I love artichokes, they seem to be one of those foods most of us didn't like as kids and now really appreciate. Thank you for sharing! Lovely photos btw :) Hugs, Tanya http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

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