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Old 12-04-2007, 01:00 PM   #1
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ISO help with artichokes

I got some free and i have used them how do i cook them and what do they taste like.


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Old 12-04-2007, 01:32 PM   #2
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What sort, the root...sort of potato look alikes, or the globe sort...green or purple leaf masses? They are very different you see!
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:39 PM   #3
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the one that looks floral
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:40 PM   #4
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looks like this

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Old 12-04-2007, 01:44 PM   #5
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Look at my posting - should help a lot.

AND I'm jealous you got many FREE!! Enjoy these amazing gems!

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Old 12-04-2007, 02:05 PM   #6
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It is difficult to explain in words "what artichoke tastes like", other than saying they are delicious. In a unique way of their own. You just need to trust yourself and give it a try.

If this is the first time you prepare and eat artichokes, you need to study how it is prepared before cooking them.

1. remove the external petal towards the bottom which are particularly thick and hard. (see the parts with red dots.)

2. cut off the tip (green circle)

3. slice off diagonally so the top part of each petals will be cut off. (see the orange diagonal line, this needs to be repeated all the way around.)

Make sure all the thorny parts of each petals are removed. Now rub the surface with lemon juice.

From here, this is how to make artichoke alla giudia, very popular Roman dish.

4. take off the fuzzy parts that is lodged inside, then stuff with a mixture of chopped flat leaved parsley, garlic and mint leaves.

Cooking: I use a pressure cooker, with plenty of evoo and white wine with some salt. Put the artichokes face down. Takes about 45minutes to 1 hour, or if you cook in a traditional pot, let it simmer for 2-3 hours covered, checking occasionally to make sure the bottom half is covered with oil/wine mixture.

Eating: The core, the best part can be eaten whole, and with each leaf you sort of need to suck it with your teeth. Can be a bit messy but an uniquely pleasant experience

With the stalks, we use it, after scaling off the surface, grind them in the mixer and make risotto or sauce with them.
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Old 12-04-2007, 02:21 PM   #7
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Here is the way my DH makes artichokes (I don't care for them) cut them as stated, he cuts the stem off so it sits in the pan,put them on a pot with water half way up the artichoke,pour olive oil into artichoke and water ,bring them to a bil,turn heat down simmer for about 1 hour,or until they start to fall apart. Spoon water into artichoke during the time it's simmering.
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Old 12-04-2007, 03:44 PM   #8
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I prefer steaming to boiling and do love the wine, EVOO, mix with some lemon or lemon juice in the steaming mix.

Prefer to put the chokes on one of those metal steamer racks.

But you can put almost anything you want into the steaming mixtures. Add herbs, shun the wine or add all sorts of flavors. Just Google for ideas.
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