Microwave Artichokes

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
2 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 globe artichokes, about 8 to 12 ounces each
  • Melted butter and lemon wedges if you are serving them hot
  • Vinaigrette or salad dressing, if you are serving them chilled
Directions
  • Cut off stem and with a sharp knife trim the base so artichokes sit flat. Make a cut across the top of the leaves, parallel to the base. With scissors, trim the leaves so they have straight edges.

  • To cook conventionally, bring a large shallow pan of salted water to a boil. Submerge artichokes, cover tops with a heat proof heavy plate to keep them submerged and cook for 35 to 45 minutes or until a leaf in middle can be pulled out easily. Drain them upside down so water runs out.

  • To cook in microwave, wrap each one individually in microwavable plastic wrap and set them in a round plate. Microwave for 10 minutes or until a center leaf can be pulled out easily. Remove plastic wrap (carefully; it will be hot).

  • Serve as is, with each person pulling out a leaf and dipping it in melted butter, or remove cone of dinner leaves in one fell swoop and reserve them for later. With a small spoon scoop out choke. Replace cone of leaves, upside down and serve with melted butter seasoned with lemon or vinaigrette.


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