It’s artichoke season! Hooray. Like asparagus, peas, & other bright green spring veggies, I absolutely adore artichokes. In fact, they are my all time favorite. So, imagine my excitement when I received the great news from my CSA’s newsletter that I’d be receiving them in my share! Especially when they are selling them at the market for $4 bucks a pop.
I received two in my last share, & as much as I’ve wanted to covet them, they obviously need to be enjoyed! I savored one a few nights ago, & decided tonight I’d say a bittersweet goodbye to the other one. Fingers crossed there will be a few more in this week’s share!
In honor of my all time favorite spring vegetable, I’ll share with you my all time way to cook & eat an artichoke…
How to Prepare & Cook an Artichoke:
- With kitchen shears, trim the thorny tips from the outer leaves.
- Slice about 3/4 inch to an inch off the top of the artichoke & remove smaller leaves towards the base & on the stem, then remove excess stem
- In a large pot, add a few inches of water, & to flavor the artichoke add a clove of garlic, a slice of lemon, & a bay leaf. Insert a steaming basket, add the artichoke, & cover.
- Bring to a boil & reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 25-45 minutes, until the leaves are just tender.