Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hubby Homemaking #2 Artichokes

We have been dying to have artichokes for weeks, months….longer maybe? They were on sale at Maceys and we jumped on that! I came home one day and Mark was making them…his own recipe! Smile

Here you go:

2 artichokes
2 Lemons
1 stick butter
salt to taste
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
Pot of water


First Chop off the top part of the artichoke with a knife (just the pokey parts) Chop off all the pokey parts on the sides of the artichokes with scissors. Boil artichokes for about 1 hour with the lemons in the water.


Remove from water. To see if they are ready grab a leaf in the middle. If it pulls out effortlessly they are ready!



Cut other lemon in half


Melt your butter…mix with lemon and parmesan cheese


Pour mixture into a bowl. To eat peel off leaves and dip in butter mixture. (add salt as desired) Then you scrape off the inside of the leaf with your teeth Smile 


Once you get to the purple leaves pull them off and discard.


You’ll be left with weird looking furry things…I think it looks like a sea creature


Scrape them off very gently with a spoon…but be careful! You don’t want to lose any of the precious heart underneath…


Furrys are gone Smile now for the good stuff!


Chop off the stem


Cut into pieces and drop in lemon butter.


Be in heaven.

I had never eaten an artichoke until I met my husband. I will never be the same..if I ever had a “last meal” an artichoke would be present.

Tips from Kj:

1. Don’t let the artichoke intimidate you! Conquer it! You will be glad you did.
2. You can also place them in 1/2 inch water in a glass dish and cover with saran wrap. Steam in microwave for about 20 minutes…just do the leaf test to see if they are ready.
3. Make sure that you eat your heart separately from your husband’s heart. Or he will try to take all of your big pieces! haha

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