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How to Cook & Eat Amazing Artichokes

How to Cook & Eat Amazing Artichokes

Artichokes can be such an intimidating spring vegetable. If you’ve never cooked a whole artichoke before, you might feel a little bit daunted. Learn how to cook artichokes and check out some other yummy artichoke recipes!

Fun fact: artichokes are actually part of the sunflower family. They make a pretty, edible ornamental in your spring garden. You can also look for them at farmer’s markets or in your spring CSA basket. They’re also rich in potassium, which supports heart health and may reduce your risk of stroke. Artichokes also have antioxidants that help support your immune system and can help protect you fellas from prostate cancer.

How to Cook Artichokes and How to Eat Them

Cooking Whole Artichokes (and how to eat them!)

Ingredients (Makes 1 artichoke. You’ll want to prepare one per person.)

  • 1 whole artichoke
  • water
  • 2 tablespoons of vegan seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons vinaigrette

Directions

1. Chop about 1/2″ of the pointy top off of the artichoke, then gently stuff the breadcrumbs in between the leaves.

2. Place a steamer basket into the bottom of a large pot with enough water to reach almost to the base of the basket, but not so much that the artichokes are sitting in any water. Bring the water to a boil, then place the artichokes into the pot.

3. Cover and steam for 30-40 minutes, adding a bit more water, if necessary. Your artichokes are done when the outer leaves are tender and pull away easily. The range of cooking times is broad, because it depends on the size of your artichoke and how tender it was to begin with. Just keep checking until it’s ready!

4. Serve with vinaigrette on the side for dipping.

When I was a kid, my pops would steam whole artichokes for us like this in the springtime, and it was one of our favorite meals! Eating a whole artichoke is more than just supper: it’s an activity.

Artichokes have woody outer leaves that get more tender as you make your way into the center. Even the woodiest leaves have some goods on them, though, so don’t discard them once they’re steamed! Pops served our artichokes with vinaigrette on the side. Dip the tender bottom of the leaf into the dressing, then use your teeth to scrape away the fleshy part. You can collect the leftover leaves for composting after supper.

Once you’ve peeled most of the leaves, you’ll find the hairy choke. Slice the hairy part away, and what’s left is the best part of the artichoke: the heart. We would dig into the heart with a knife and fork, and it’s heavenly.

Spinach Artichoke Dip with Garlic Cashew Cream

Bonus Artichoke Recipes

If you can’t find fresh artichokes at the market but still want to get in on the artichoke goodness, you can find artichoke hearts in cans or aseptic boxes at the grocery store. They make a great, healthy snack dipped in some dressing or chopped onto a salad. Want to get fancier with your artichoke hearts? Check out these recipes!

What’s your favorite way to cook artichokes? Do you buy them whole or look for just the hearts?

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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4:36PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Good timing for a Spring veggie.

3:50PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

I cut the top off and smash a garlic clove or two and put them on top. Then drizzle with about a 1T of vinegar (so they don't get as dark) and 1T olive oil each. Then a pinch of salt. Then about an inch of water in the pot. I cook them for about 45 minutes and found that letting them cool in the water really brings out the flavor. I also cook the stems. This time, after cleaning off the fibrous outside of the stems, I threw them in the food processor when making hummus for artichoke hummus! Yum!

2:52AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

The best ingredient to eat to befriend with our environment

2:42AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Thanks, most people throw out the outer leaves, and that is just disappointing.

7:14AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Thank you for the recipes and cooking instructions.

3:27AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

This type of artichoke has a flower like a huge purple thistle - Jeruselum artichokes flower is like a sun flower, the harvest is under ground and looks like a misshappen potato - Yet you say this type of artichoke is related to sun flowers - I'm confused and after reading recipes I'm hungry too! - smile
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4:25AM PDT on May 12, 2014

Thanks

10:04PM PDT on May 6, 2014

yum yum! thx for this post

2:50PM PDT on May 6, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

7:09PM PDT on May 5, 2014

I love artichokes and appreciate many of the cooking tips. Thanks for sharing!

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