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Perfectly Cooked Artichoke

Posted by Peggy on April 19, 2011

Perfectly Cooked Artichoke
Recipe: Perfectly Cooked Artichoke


  • 1-2 globe artichokes, the biggest you can find; woody bottom trimmed off and tips of leaves trimmed (I use scissors) if desired
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • Black peppercorns
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • Mayonnaise, homemade or bottled
  • Tapanade, homemade or bottled


  1. Place artichoke(s) in a large pot and cover with salted water. Squeeze lemons into the water adding the squeezed lemon as well, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, covered, then reduce to a simmer.
  2. Cook a good hour or more until you can wiggle a leaf, but it doesn't leave the choke easily. Turn off heat and let sit 4-8 hours, covered.
  3. Combine 2 parts mayonnaise to one part tapanade and serve with the artichokes.

Active Time: 5 minutes (if not trimming)

Boil and soak time: 8-12 hours

Number of servings (yield): 1-2 artichokes

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