Q: I am the only one in my family who loves artichokes, and sometimes I get really bad cravings for them. Just pick up the store bought stuff, but is there a way to make a full artichoke in the microwave, so I don’t have to heat up the whole house?
A: As funny as it may seem, microwaving artichokes is one of the easier ways to make them, which is perfect for serving two, making a snack, or really delicious dip!
To microwave an artichoke, you’ll want to make sure you get a fresh one. Plan on using it the day you buy it. Depending on the variety, they can be deep green, to even purple, but regardless of type, make sure the leaves are tight and undamaged.
When you bring it home, wash the artichoke in cool water, making sure to get all the dirt and sediments off. Next, cut the base until the bottom is flush, so it stands evenly. Next, trim the leaves to get rid of the points.
Next, place the artichoke into a small casserole dish, and place two tablespoons of water, enough to cover the bottom. You need enough water to steam.
Cover loosely with wax paper, or the casserole dish lid, and microwave on high for 7-8 minutes. If microwaving more than one, rearrange them halfway through, to ensure even cooking.
To test for doneness, you should be able to easily pull out a center leaf.
Carefully drain, and enjoy!
For those who have never had an artichoke, you peel the leaves away and scrape the fleshy part with your teeth. Throw away the now empty leaves. When you get to the center, you’ll find fluffy “choke” use a spoon and scrape it away to reveal the center. The center, or “heart” is very tender and delicious when dipped in butter.