When I went to the grocery store last week, the women working there sheepishly asked me “how do you cook those things?” when I was buying a couple of artichokes. I forget that not everyone is as obsessed with artichokes as I am. Not only are they my favorite food, but they were also one of two vegetables I themed my wedding around (the other being asparagus). For today’s vegan vittles post, I thought I’d share how to easily prep yourself a tasty artichoke. Bonus: They’re high in fiber, and if you don’t eat them with dip, they’re also super low calorie.
1 clove garlic
Thoroughly rinse artichokes. With all of their petals, if find it’s a good idea to rinse it under a running faucet for a good 45 seconds each. Then, fill a large pot with an inch or two of water and put it on the stove to boil.
Chop garlic in to small pieces and add them to the pot. As the water boils, the garlic adds a nice flavor.
Trim the stem of the artichoke near to the base of the bulb. Remove small and discolored leaves from the base.
Once your water is boiling, place the artichokes in to the pot, large side down. Cover the pot and steam the artichokes for 10-15 minutes. When you can pierce the base of the artichoke easily with a fork, they’re ready to eat. They’ll be darker in color than they were raw as well.
Some people like to use kitchen shears to trim the pricklies off the ends of the petals, but as you cook your artichoke, they become less sharp. PS: If you’re looking for info on how to eat this thing, here’s a video from OceanMistFarms on YouTube to help you out:
For other ideas on artichoke preparation, check out artichokes.org.