Everyone knows about artichoke hearts that come in brine in little jars in the Italian section of the grocery store. But did you know that artichokes are easy to cook up in a microwave and they have several wonderful qualities:
1. They are easy to cook in a microwave
2. They are full of vitamins, minerals AND fiber and potassium. They are also
antioxidents and anti-aging and may prevent strokes!
3. They are fun to eat, full of fiber, and make great snack food.
I used to visit my wonderful sister, Linda, in Half Moon Bay in northern
California and we used to go down in the artichoke fields and get fresh artichokes to take home.
The local yuppie restaurants featured a delicious Cream of Artichoke Soup! amazing and very warm after a cold, damp day of picking artichokes and watching seals on the beach at Anos Nueves State Park!
The long way to cook an artichoke is to steam it for 45 minutes in a big pot, but that is too long, and too hard…. so here’s how to cook an artichoke in a microwave (also works for corn on the cob and almost any other vegetable!
Take 1 or more Artichokes, wrap each one in a wet paper towel.
Put them right into the microwave and cook for about 12 minutes.
DONE! Now you can put them on big plates and pull off the leaves and eat them one at a time. YOU CAN SPEND TWO HOURS EATING THREE BIG ARTICHOKES. I know because I have done it!
To make it easiest, just sprinkle with fresh lemon juice and salt & pepper.
Fancier: dip the meaty part of the leaves in mayo or vegannaise or lemon butter!
At the end, when you have eaten all the leaves, cut out the heart (just scrape off the purple thin thistles), and eat the heart of the artichoke, or save it for later. You can also eat the entire stem, which I also like to dip in lemon butter.
Artichokes are great, and freshest in the Spring!! Now run out and buy a few artichokes!