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.
- 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.
- Put about a half inch of water in a deep bowl. Put artichoke(s) in bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.
- 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.
- Artichokes have a lot of inedible parts, so remember to compost!