So I was scouring the web the other day trying to find a pithy Julia Child quote to share with you guys, when I came across a very disappointing quote by someone that I have been a fan of since I was a little girl. Miss Piggy says…and I quote…”After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual “food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps.” I really, really love Miss Piggy. She was amazing in the Muppets Take Manhattan and I mean…come on…who doesn’t love bacon, right? However, I have to wholeheartedly disagree with her statement and I’m pretty sure that Julia Child would side with me as well. Artichokes are delicious.
Look. I get it. They look scary. All prickly and mean looking on the outside. Don’t judge a book by its cover though. It’s what is inside that matters.
Prepping and cooking artichokes is very simple. Using a pair kitchen shears, trim off any prickly tips from the leaves.
Then, cut about a 1/2 inch off the top of the artichoke.
Pull off any small leaves from the base and cut the stem off.
Note: Some people like to eat the stem, but some think it tastes bitter. Cutting the stem off also makes it easier to serve.
Wash the artichoke under running water.
TIP! If you’re not cooking them immediately, place the artichokes in a bowl of cold water with the juice of a couple of lemons. This keeps the artichokes from browning.
Fill a large pan with just enough water to cover bottom. Bring the water to a boil. Place artichokes in a steamer basket and lower into the pan. Cover and steam for 25-50 minutes or until outer leaves can easily be pulled off. Cooking time depends on the size of your artichokes.
So, now how do you eat these bad boys? Easy. Pull off outer petals one at a time. Dip the end in something sinful like melted butter or mayonnaise.
Put the petal in your mouth and pull through your teeth to remove the soft portion of the leaf. Throw the remaining petal away. Repeat until all of the petals are removed. Then, it’s time for the best part. The heart. But before you can taste the love, you have to get past the hairy, gross looking part called the choke.
Grab a spoon or a knife and scrape the choke out until it looks something like this…
That’s the heart. Eat it. Divine, I tell you.
Until next time, “Bon Appétit!”