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How to Boil Artichokes

Last updated on April 18, 2010

How to Boil ArtichokesBoiling artichokes is one of the easiest ways to cook them. You can boil them plain or stuff them and boil them. Here’s how to boil artichokes.

Prepare the Artichokes
Cut off the stems so the artichokes can stand upright in the pan. Next, remove the tough outer leaves near the stem. Rinse the artichokes in cold water and let dry. Cut about a half inch of the tops of the artichokes. If you won’t be using them right away, squeeze lemon juice over the artichokes to prevent them from darkening.

Prepare the Pot
Place about an inch of salted water in a large pot or Dutch oven. For more flavor, you can saute a bit of chopped garlic in some olive oil in the bottom of the pot and then add about an inch of vegetable broth instead of water. Put flame on medium heat and until it is boiling.

Cooking the Artichokes
Once the water is simmering, place the artichokes in the pot, bottoms down. Make sure they can stand upright. If they aren’t, you may need to trip the stem some more so they stand upright.

Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and let boil for about 30-40 minutes. Large artichokes may take a bit longer and baby artichokes may take as little as 10 minutes so make sure to check every now and then to see if they’re done.

To find out if the artichokes are done, check to see if the inner leaves pull out easily. If so, they are ready. Take them out of the water and place them on a serving dish.

Let cool a few minutes and enjoy!

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