Originally Posted by nicolaschneiderman
Artichokes are one of my favorite foods but I have only eaten them in restaurants because when I attempt to cook them at home- it's always a disaster!
Two of my children have decided to become vegetarians and Artichokes is the one vegetable that I really do not know how to cook and my children are really becoming bored of my repertoire.
The one thing i do know about the preparation of artichokes is that the vegetable should be trimmed as they have spikes on their leaves, but after that, I have no idea.
What I realise now is that they can be steamed and then served with a sauce. Which sauce compliments artichokes?
Please can someone who has cooked artichokes explain to me how you do it! Any help out there??
I googled "sauces for artichokes" and got Martha Stewart's 3 dipping sauces - lemon thyme butter, easy hollandaise and garlic mayonnaise all of which would be delicious.
I must say that when cooking them at home I don't bother to cut off the points as they aren't that sharp and no-one (I hope) at my table is going to do themselves a mischief with them. I think it's just a tidying up exercise for hotels and restaurants.
As you prepare them drop them straight into water with lemon juice in it to prevent the artichokes discolouring.
I just boil them for 35-40 minutes depending on size (if you pull a petal it should come away easily if they are cooked) and if the people I'm are cooking for understand artichokes I don't remove the chokes but if they are artichoke virgins remove the choke before serving. Some recipes tell you to take out the choke before cooking but it's easier to do it after cooking.
There are numerous recipes for stuffed artichokes. Try googling for them