You’ve passed them up many times at the supermarket, simply because you dont know how to steam and artichoke. How is this spiky, weapon-like thing edible? Friends, the way to an artichoke’s heart is through its tough, outer shell. Sound familiar? Work through this heartache in the most rational and tasty manner possible — one leaf at a time.
A warm, freshly-steamed artichoke is an appetizer in itself. The sweet, vegetal flavor of the leaves is complemented by many sauces, but the classics are garlic-spiked melted butter and mayo (preferably homemade).
Here’s what you’ll need to steam an artichoke:
- An artichoke or two
- Sharp kitchen shears
- A vegetable steamer
- Half a lemon
- A pot with a tight-fitting lid or aluminum foil
- The dipping sauce of your choice