Monday 30 June 2014

How To: Cook Artichokes & Spicy Grilled Artichokes

I did something stupid... I took a bunch of photos on how to cook artichokes then i deleted them...i thought i had already uploaded them to my computer gurrrrr So this is the second set of almost the exactly same photos! I was lucky to find artichokes again they don't often have such nice ones in Hong Kong.

How to cook artichokes

1. Bring a pot a salted water to boil.
2. Cut a bit of the artichoke end off.
3. Slice down middle.
4. With small spoon scrape off hairy centre, making sure not to scrape off much of the heart.
5. Place artichokes in boiling water and simmer for approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the size.

At this point you can either eat them by dipping them in melted butter or mayonnaise with some lime juice mixed in. To eat them you pull off an outer leaf and dip the end in sauce and scrape of soft bit with your teeth. Repeat with all leaves until you reach the centre. The heart will remain you can eat all of this its the best part!

Or you can grill them

Spicy Grilled artichokes

3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon of Schezwan Chili flakes
5 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of butter
Juice of one lemon
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

1. In bowl mix all ingredients together. Add boiled artichokes and stir gently.
2. Heat up grill or skillet, not to hot
3. Grill artichoke for about 3 minutes each side, they should have a little colour when they are ready to flip.
4. Eat them the same way but exclude the dipping sauce.
5. Enjoy

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