Italian Food Explained

How to prepare artichokes

It takes a little time to prepare artichokes in the Italian way, but it’s worth it in the end.  


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Trim the stalk to about 5 cm

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Cut off about the top third of the artichoke using a serrated knife(cut just above the thickest point).

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 Pull off the tough outer leaves and pare down the stalk using a sharp knife or a vegetable peeler.

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 Cut in half and remove the ‘choke’ with a teaspoon.

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 Most recipes call for the artichoke to be either quartered or sliced.

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Keep the prepared artichokes in water to which you’ve added some lemon juice until you are ready to use them. This stops them discolouring 

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