Friday, April 25, 2014

Landon's Microwaved Artichoke

Landon learned this technique for microwaving artichokes from his coworker. 


First Landon chopped off the tips of the artichoke.

Then he drizzled on some olive oil.

And sprinkled with some garlic salt. 

He kinda did this to spread the oil and garlic salt around.

He placed the artichoke upside down into a microwave-safe bowl with about a 1/2 inch of water.  Update:  My sister Geri said that all of her water evaporated and her artichoke burnt. So maybe better to put a little more water.

He covered the bowl with some wax paper and microwaved it on high for about 15 minutes. Then he let it rest for around another 5 minutes.  The time will probably vary according to your microwave and the size of the artichoke.

Lan made a simple dip with mayonnaise and garlic salt.  It was very good.


Dd said...

no kidding....saves soooo much time...gonna try it

jalna said...

Really Didi? Yay!! I actually don't even know how you normally cook an artichoke.

1DecentApple said...

That is a great idea! I'll have to try it. I love artichokes. When my friend first turned me on to artichokes, we would have to steam it on the stove for almost 45 minutes. That was humbug but back in those days, you could get a good size artichoke for under $1. Of course that was on the mainland. Locally they've gotten so expensive when you think you only eat about 20% of the thing and throw the rest away, kind of poho. OK, sorry if I bummed your trip but the next time I get one of these I'm going to cook it like you.

I don't know about you but I often wonder how the cavemen or whoever back in the olden days, decided what could and could not be eaten. I guess hit or miss yeah? Ma-ke or survive. Artichokes are one of these foods. There are so many things about an artichoke that would make the inexperienced go, "Eat this? HUH?" Thorns, tough leaves, that hairy stuff in the middle. All hiding that golden treasure inside, the heart......Can't judge a book by it's cover, huh? When you think about it, what other food is like that, where you peel each leaf, put it between your teeth, scrape the meat off the bottom, throw it away, then scrape off the hairy stuff and then eat that heart part. Oooh, now I want to eat an artichoke.

jenny said...

Looks great! And sounds delicious...

Erick said...

I love artichokes but they are a pain to cook. Thanks, I will try this.

Anonymous said...

Looks ono...I like the simple boiling, however the deep fried method looks yummy too.

I always say eating artichokes,is simply an excuse to eat a,whole,lotta mayo!;)

Kalin's Mommy said...

Ohhh that's a good idea, never thought of that!

jalna said...

I think I can count on one hand the number of times I've eaten artichoke, Al. I do always wonder about how humans figured out what was edible or not. Must be like you said . . . ma-ke or live. LOL. I bet it was a long time before somebody figured out that parts of an artichoke was edible.

It was good Jenny, especially with mayo.

I hope you do get to try it, Erick.

Deep fried, Anon? Hmmm . . . gotta go check that out.

Was fast to prepare, Mich!

celia said...

Thanks for the step by step with picture directions. I want to try this. LOL, kinda salivating while reading this blog.

Dd said...

ummm....when they are in season....ummm....I sometimes have ummm....everyday !!!

Nippon Nin said...

Pics are artichoke against the blue shirts...worked! I love artichoke! We used to have the plants in our back yard garden but I don't know what happened but gone. We have to plant new one.

jalna said...

Hahahaha. Funny Celia!

Must be season now, Didi. We found some at the swap meet. This lady grows um in her yard!!

In your yard, Akemi! How cool!

Erick said...

Going to try this tonight. I found nice artichokes at Foodland.