How to Eat an Artichoke

Chefs in Food Network Kitchens helped Food Network Magazine tackle the spiny spring vegetable.
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Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

For stuffed or steamed artichokes, pull off the outer leaves and scrape off the meat with your teeth.

Repeat until all of the leaves are removed. You'll be left with the artichoke heart.

Scrape out the spiny choke from the artichoke heart using a teaspoon or paring knife and discard.

Cut the artichoke heart into pieces. Chop the stem if it's still attached — it's edible, too.

TIP: Nestle your artichoke in a bowl of breadcrumbs so it stays upright while you stuff it.

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Artichokes

TIP: Once you remove the choke, you can eat braised artichokes whole. Be sure to use medium artichokes as large ones will be too tough.

Get the Recipe: Braised Artichokes

TIP: To check a steamed artichoke for doneness, stick a knife into the center — it should come out easily.

Get the Recipe: Steamed Artichokes