Monday, August 22, 2011

Artichokes: The Heart

The easiest way to get to the heart of the artichoke is to cook the whole thing and eat your way in.  But, sometimes, this just isn't an option.  So, for those of you who just need the heart, this post is for you!

Artichokes:  The Heart

Using a knife, cut off the top 1/3 of the artichoke.  Discard those leaves.  Remove as many outer leaves from the center as you possible.  Using a paring knife, cut around the outer edge to reveal the edges of the "heart". 

Hold the stem and cut off the next section of leaves to reveal the "beard".  Using a spoon, scoop out the "beard" and discard.  Cut off the stem where it meets the heart and discard the stem.

The remaining part is the artichoke heart.  Saute, steam, or boil for your desired use.

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