How to eat an artichoke ~ How to cook an artichoke #DIY #Artichoke

05/22/2016 8:00 am · 1 comment

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

How to eat an artichoke

Artichoke Flower

Or you can just let the artichoke turn into a pretty flower.

So recently one of our  friends  just threw away some artichokes.  They said they had never had artichokes and didn’t think you could eat anything on it. Well for years my (Matt) family has been eating artichokes on fun special occasions. Mainly when they went on sale. Now this way to eat them is not the only way, you can grill them (which I never really have tried) or cut out just the hearts and stems. The way we do it is boil them. In a large pot of boiling water, add the artichokes whole. Make sure you have enough room to spin them around and position them to get them under the water as much as possible. Boil them for about 15 to 20 minutes, just long enough that you can easily stick a fork down the end of the stalk.

So here are two of the artichokes we cooked. The one on the left has all of the hard outer leaves on. When you peel these leaves off – one by one- there is not much edible bits on them. But once the outer leaves are off, like the photo above on the right of the plate, the leaves get more and more tender and lighter in color.

The white part on the base of each leave is edible. Now don’t go biting this part off. Simply dip in butter, or even by its self, and slide it over your lower teeth and scrape what comes off with your teeth. You will learn how much pressure to use as the leaves move from being hard and “woody” to really soft and tender. As they get tender, you can almost just eat half of the leave. Any thing that is really tender is edible.

I have always just dipped these in butter, like lobster. I am sure you could use the healthy fake butter stuff. Next time I might try it with those new flavored butters with garlic and such already blended in them.


The outer leaves will look like this after you scrape them off on your teeth. Just the white inside bottom part of each leave is edible. But as you get further inside the artichoke, the leaves become pale green and maybe even cream or white color. Most of these leaves are edible and I will just bite off what ever snaps off. Be careful because the tips of these have little points on them that are not edible.

The artichoke on the right side, above, shows the pale white leaves that are really soft and good. Even the stalk of the artichoke is edible if you peel back the fibrous outside.

Once you get to the inside of the artichoke you will see these small feathery looking pieces – see above photo. They are soft and intriguing, but they don’t call it an artichoke for nothing. Those little soft pieces are the “choke”. They are not edible.

Now in the above sliced view of the artichoke. If you carefully cut out the choke with a butter knife, you can then eat the “heart”. You can see the choke which is a light pale green on the very top. You can pluck off the choke down to about the darker layer right under the choke. Once that is removed the artichoke heart is the prized piece. These are the things you see in salads and sold in jars at the store.

So now you know one way to eat those strange looking artichokes. These are fun to eat after dinner, mid day snack. You can even do this while watching your favorite sports game or at family movie night. Just be careful with the butter 😉

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CathyB
CathyB

I like to take a pair of kitchen shears and cut off all the spiky tips of the outer leaves. Then take a knife and cut off about an inch of the top and gently reach inside and sort of loosen the leaves. Now it will cook much faster.

connie
connie

How about stuffed with Parmesan, Italian bread crumbs and garlic butter then roast in the oven

Debbie M
Debbie M

I used the large ziploc steamer bag and put mine in the microwave w/some I can't believe it's nut butter, raw garlic (in jar) and pepper...around 7-10 minutes (depending on your microwave)...perfect and dipped them in butter with garlic & pepper...yummy :)

Gracie
Gracie

Mayo lemon juice and salt and lemon pepper! Sooo good! Ya I can't believe more people don't know about artichokes!

Jekka
Jekka

Omg, butter and mayo?!?! That's so unhealthy! I make a marinara sauce out of just tomatoes, spices, and a Tbsp. of Caesar dressing. Much healthier and, I promise, completely amazingly delicious!

Nie
Nie

We have always dipped ours in mayonnaise or Italian dressing.

Teresa
Teresa

We LOVE artichokes! My 3yo will eat just about anything that he can dip. ;)

april
april

trim the stem, boil for 30-1 hour depending on size, put butter (recently used the melt away butter) and garlic and pepper in cup on stove, will melt while artichokes are cooking (save energy and money) then eat leaves, then cut heart, put in cup of butter to soak a little, then you can actually get some good meat out of the stem by dipping and sucking it out!! i LOVE ARTICHOKES!!!! my 7 year old son says, can we have thsoe leafs we dip in butter please???

Lillian Crouse
Lillian Crouse

We like to stick the artichokes in a plastic bag and put them in the microwave for 5 minutes. Then dip them in plain mayonnaise.

Steve
Steve

I'm a fan of using a spicy mustard like Grey Poupon or Durkee's.

Angela
Angela

we steam ours for about 30 minutes and then dip them in ranch, which of course we got on a thrify deal. I used fat free ranch last night and it was just as good :)

Christina
Christina

If you boil the stem (only cut off the bottom dried tip) with it it is great ! Just peel it after boiling it super tender and tastes like the heart. We like them with Miracle Whip seasoned with paprika and garlic. Also red pepper and garlic hummus works great too Just heat it up a minute first otherwise it is to chunky and takes the artichoke flavor away. I get the fuzzy stuff out with a spoon :-)

Martha
Martha

We eat artichokes as often as possible. You can steam or roast them in the oven. For dip I use to do the butter thing, but so unhealthy. So now I do nonfat greek yogurt with a splash of olive oil and fresh lemon juice. To that I add garlic powder or finely diced fresh garlic.

JJ Robbins
JJ Robbins

I didnt know how to either but a friend suggested eating them. I love them now. And the same friend suggested trying Mayo mixed with Lemon Juice Very nummy dip!!! Im gona try the suggestion about about Mayo and Balsamic vinegar.

Kim
Kim

Have never eaten an artichoke....love the hearts....but have always been intimidated by the "real thing." Now, I'm emboldened to try. Thanks!

missy
missy

wow i cant believe there are people that dont know this. great explanation.

Rachel
Rachel

My kids adore these, they are considered a very special treat in my house!

Megan
Megan

I always eat mine with Miracle Whip or Mayo (your choice really). I could see using a garlic flavored hummus though...just never tried it. :D

Debani
Debani

I love artichokes! We eat them dipped in garlic butter or I make a yummy dip made with mayo and balsamic vinegar. Yum!

Stephanie
Stephanie

The are delicious dipped in hummus as well!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

We normally boil ours anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size. Usually an hour though. We do cut our stems to where they are level with the rest of it. We boil them to the point where the outer leaves just fall off & are tender. The leaves you eat to get to the haert is like an appetizer until you get there! Oh & be sure to ALWAYS scrape the hairy stuff out. That could ruin any dips you are trying to make. We use a butter knife to remove the hairy stuff. It comes right off if boiled long enough. YUM YUM!!!

Apryl
Apryl

I like to eat them with mayo and butter.

Jenny
Jenny

We always eat ours with melted lemon butter. Artichokes have always been my favorite.

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