These days when I’m at the grocery store, I try to get at least one item that I have never tried before and a whole artichoke was this weeks item.
Man, I knew I liked artichokes, but I usually just eat them out of the can.
I didn’t even know how to cook the thing, so I shot on over to YouTube to get a couple of pointers.
I learned that you cut about an inch off the top and cut the stem off the bottom, rinse it and then boil it. I also learned the hard way, that they have sharp pointy things that hurt you very much on the top of the petals. If you don’t feel like shedding a little blood, you can cut those off with some scissors.
It takes about 25-45 minutes to cook. When mine was soft and spreading out. I knew it was done.
I took it out, drained it and sprinkled it with sea salt.
If your confused on what you can actually eat, you just peel off a petal and scrape your teeth from the middle down to the bottom and discard. You just keep on pluckin’ and scrapin’ those petals till you get down to the center. There you’ll find a hairy weirdee part that you have to scrape off with a spoon to get to the good stuff underneath which is the “heart”! Ahhh..how romantic!
I’ll tell ya people, whole artichokes and canned artichokes are two different things entirely. Ones good and ones GREAT. I also found out that these whole artichoke hearts taste just like mashed potato. What a great guilt free substitute for tators, man!
If you’re on a calorie splurge you can dip your petals in a little butter or mayo. (sounds dangerously good)
Erbody say” Hey…Hooo…”arti-choooke”!!!
Eating a whole artichoke is like having a fun little mini party with a gift at the end, or maybe I just like food “THAT” much..LOL!