Why am I so intimidated by a little green spiky vegetable? I am though. It’s true. I love to eat them. They’re kinda cool to look at… but there they sit right now, on my counter, staring at me. Stupid Artichokes. How do I cut them? How many layers do you peel off? Whats with the fuzzy part in the center? What happens if you accidentally eat that? What’s the best way to cook? How exactly do you eat the these things again? Good grief. Why do I do this to myself? Because they were $1.00 a piece at the store and I like them when someone else cooks them so why not me? I can do this. I can’t do this. Chef Karla on one shoulder. Not-so-much-a-Chef Karla on the other.
So, I dug out my steamer basket and off to the internet I went. This was the best step by step that I found for how to cut the artichokes to prep them for steaming:
Now comes the steaming. I ended up modifying a recipe from All Recipes. I don’t like a lemony artichoke so after cutting the artichoke I put crushed garlic and a tiny bit of butter between the leaves and then sat them upright in the steamer basket. Added water to the base and away they steamed. I steamed them for about 45 minutes (until a knife went thru the center easily).
ROI (Return on Investment): Minimal. Way too much time and effort for an okay result.
Conclusion (from both Eric and I): Probably not going to happen again.
What a negative post this was. Trust me when I say, I am sure that this was user error. So please comment, add tips, add tricks, help me master this crazy veggie.
Until then…. Did you hear that pop? That was the sound of my lovely little jar of marinated artichoke hearts popping open for the salad I am going to make.