Your favourite thing to do with artichokes...?
I love steamed artichokes with a bowl of melted butter. I love them SO much that I rarely consider that there might be other, equally delightful things one might do with them. What kinds of artichoke-y goodness should I know about?
(note: probably obvious, but my question is about fresh artichokes, not the marinated jarred ones)
Personally, I've never had a stuff-done-to-it artichoke that was anywhere near as good as just plain steamed and eaten with dip of choice (I'm counting calories, so I'm using nonfat yogurt with a few drops of garlic olive oil and some crushed garlic).
I tried roasting one last week, and it just dried out the leaves and made more of them inedible. Stuffing I've always found to be disappointing, because of the difficulties of actually eating the stuffing and the artichoke at the same time. I'm sure others will disagree!
I love artichokes so much that my father once calculated my annual artichoke budget.
I cook them in the microwave- put in a pyrex bowl with about 2 inches of water, place all in a plastic bag, tie it at the top, nuke for 8-12 minutes, depending on size.
The "dip" I make is melted butter, Veg-E-Sal and mayo. I don't know how I came up with it, but it's my favorite.
I have to agree, I don't think there's a betterw ay to eat them than steamed and dipped. I watch cooking shows where they braise them, fry them, slice and stuff them and all I can think is "I can't believe they're getting rid of all those leaves!"
So, if you want to mix it up a bit (no pun intended), just try some different dips! Here's what we like:
1. Butter, minced onions, lemon juice (by the time the butter gets melted, the onions are softer)
2. Mayo and ketchup (the ketchup adds some sweetness that highlights the artichoke's sweetness)
3. Miracle Whip, simple but sweeter than plain mayo
4. Butter and garlic (like the butter and onions deal)