Artichokes are my daughter’s favorite veggie of all. Think about it from a kid’s perspective: it’s a giant, green flower that you can eat with your hands. And you get to dip those lovely, curvy ‘petals’ into something tasty like butter or lemon or a combination of both. And don’t worry about those sharp, prickly parts. Keep reading for the perfectly cooked and kid safe artichoke that anyone can prepare…
2 to 3 frost kissed or regular artichokes
Place steamer basket in bottom of pot and fill with water up to the bottom of the steamer. Follow the slideshow for a step by step guide. Trim the stem down to 1 inch, cut the top off and use kitchen sheers to trim the tip of each leaf. Now cut the artichoke in half on the vertical from stem to tip and rinse well under water, making sure to get between all the leaves. Place cut side down in the steamer basket, cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. To check for doneness insert fork to feel for softness. For kids, you don’t want the artichoke to be al dente. Quickly rinse under cold water and scoop out the choke before serving to the kids. Serve on a plate with their favorite dipping sauce. My kid loves lemon butter.
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