Monday, May 9, 2011

Microwave-Steamed Artichokes

My artichoke plants have started producing, so I spent some time scouring the internet for quick and simple artichoke recipes.  I was skeptical of the microwaved artichoke at first, but as soon as I took my first bite, I went to the kitchen and popped a second artichoke in the microwave.  They only take about 5 minutes, and I don't think I could distinguish the result from a stovetop-steamed artichoke.

The Process: 

  1. Rinse artichoke(s), and snip the thorny tips off the leaves.  Cut off the stem and an inch or so off the top.  Rub a little lemon juice on the cut parts if you care about them oxidizing.
  2. Put about a half inch of water in a deep bowl. Put artichoke(s) in bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Microwave on high until the bottom leaves pull off easily, or until a fork goes in easily when you stab the artichoke's bottom.  I have a very low-powered microwave, and it took about 5 minutes for one artichoke.
  4. Artichokes have a lot of inedible parts, so remember to compost!

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