Artichokes can be a delicious treat with a butter sauce or other dipping sauces. You don't have to be a blue ribbon chef to prepare artichokes. Just keep these few tips in mind.
You Will Need:
• An artichoke
• A microwave-safe container
• Plastic wrap
• A flameproof casserole dish with lid (optional)
Step 1: Choose a good artichoke
Start with a firm, plump artichoke with tightly closed leaves. Artichokes with loose, spreading leaves tend to be tough.
Step 2: Trim the artichoke
Trim off the top inch of the artichoke and remove any tough outer leaves. Cut the base with scissors so that it is flat.
Step 3: Wash the artichoke
Rinse the artichoke and shake off the water.
Step 4: Place in container
Place the artichoke in the microwave-safe container with a small amount of water. Cover the container with plastic wrap.
Step 5: Microwave the artichoke
Microwave the artichoke for two minutes, and then rotate it. Continue microwaving for two or three minutes at a time until the leaves can be pulled off easily.
Step 6: Let the artichoke cool
Let the artichoke cool for a few minutes before serving.
Step 7: Serve artichokes
Serve the artichokes. Eat them leaf by leaf, dipped in melted butter or mayonnaise. The heart, below the choke, is also edible.
Trivia: Artichokes are the edible flower buds of a thistle.