How To Cook Artichokes – Tender, Flavorful Nuts of the Past
How to cook artichokes is an art in itself! Artichokes are delicious and healthy. Whether served as a dessert, or part of a more substantial meal, artichokes make any meal bright and colorful. They’re especially enjoyable when served raw, with just a little bit of olive oil or lemon juice added.
How to cook artichokes starts by preparing the leaves properly. Heat a large, thin pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. Once hot, add one tablespoon of each dried parsley stems, garlic cloves, and thyme leaves. Allow the artichokes to steam until soft and golden. When completely soft, place the artichokes stems on a plate, and leave to cool.
The next step to how to cook artichokes is to drain the liquid from the leaves. A food processor or a blender can be used to accomplish this, but a dedicated slow cooker will do the trick. Using a tablespoon of olive oil, slowly add the leaves to the slow cooker. Making sure they are fully submerged. Cover for about three hours, or overnight.
Next, remove the stems and cut off the ends. Place artichokes cut side down, into the steamer. Add enough water to fully cover the greens, but not so much that the steam starts to boil. Cover for approximately five minutes to steam the artichokes.
Once complete, remove artichokes from the slow cooker and set them on a platter. Use a large pot or skillet to bring water to a simmer, and add a small amount of butter. Add a half teaspoon of fresh thyme and half a cup of cold water along with a whole lot of salt, if desired. Place artichokes on top of the hot, fresh water and simmer until tender and soft.
To get rid of the flavor and texture of the artichokes, you need to steam them. This can be done in the same manner as to how it was done for the first method. Place artichokes on a large pan and add a tablespoon of salt. Add a few cups of hot, clean water and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cover for approximately thirty minutes. Remove artichokes from the water and allow them to steam until soft and tender.
The second method used for learning how to cook artichokes is using an Instant Pot. This is a type of stovetop pot that has an on and off switch.
You simply insert the lid when it’s boiling. When it’s steaming, you can release the artichokes from their shell and they will steam until soft again. This process takes about the same amount of time.
In summary, learning how to cook artichokes is really quite simple. You should be prepared to have to remove the seeds and the liquid when cooking. However, artichokes are so delicious that it’s easy to overcome this minor inconvenience. They are best enjoyed when they are still plump and warm from the liquid that was used to remove them from the shell. After they’re cooked, it’s easy to enjoy a big bowl of soup with a bunch of fresh, tender leaves.
As for cooking tips, the biggest one that you should follow is to not overfill the pot. Artichokes do not have a very large volume of liquid. Cooking them in a very large pot will lead to mushy artichokes that won’t taste very good. Also, you should let the artichokes cook for a very small amount of time because if they’re overcooked, they will be a bit slimy.
One way that you can help make your artichokes a lot tastier is to add them to your crockpot (or other slow cookers) along with some tender leaves and let them go for about 8 hours or overnight.
Once they are partially cooked, you can puree the leaves with some milk and enjoy a hearty tasty soup. That is one of the great things about cooking with an instant pot of artichokes – they can be pureed and enjoyed as is, or you can puree them with some healthy ingredients for a delicious healthy snack. One of the best ways that you can use artichokes in your crockpot is to add them to a delicious creamy pot of soup. Instant pot soup is something that everyone can enjoy and it is very low in fat, making it a healthy favorite that everyone will love.
Another wonderful way to cook artichokes is to steam them. You can steam the leaves and stems in a skillet or by placing them on the stove. Steam will tenderize the artichokes, giving them a unique, tender texture that is not found in other cooking styles. Simply place about 2 cups of artichokes in a hot skillet or saucepan and cover for about 30 minutes. Then remove the artichokes and fluff them up with a fork. Steam artichokes will continue to cook, but they will become extra tender and moist.