How To Steam An Artichoke

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