As we are nearing the end of artichoke season, it is not without much culinary sadness on my part. Truly a stuffed artichoke ranks as one of my most beloved vegetable starters (although I’ve been known to eat them as my actual meal when they are big enough to do so).
As a person who believes that best utensils were the ones that nature gave us (my very own fingers), there is nothing more delightful to eat using those instruments than a massive stuffed artichoke.
Now, this is not for the gastronomically faint-at-heart. Oh no! You must be brave. Dig in with abandon. Not be wary about getting your fingers messy (or teeth, for that matter. You might be flossing after you finish eating one, but it’s so worth it).
Trust me, you will be amply rewarded at the end as the pièce de résistance awaits you as the crowning glory at the bottom.
Before we roll up our sleeves and start preparing the artichokes, I thought I’d review how to eat an artichoke, just in case you’ve never dove in.
How to Eat A Stuffed Artichoke
- In addition to your platter with the artichoke, have a medium-size bowl for your petals.
- Also, have lots of napkins, preferably cloth as paper will shred in your fingers. Won’t be pretty. You don’t want to mix eating paper napkins with your stuffed artichokes.
- Ready to dig in? Here goes:
- Starting with the outer petals, one at a time, remove a petal along with the stuffing. Scrape the top part of the petal through your teeth so that you remove the soft, pulpy inner part of the petal along with the stuffing.
- Discard the remaining part of the petal into your bowl.
- Continue around the artichoke until you’ve removed all the petals and stuffing.
- Remove the choke (the stiff fuzzy section) with a spoon. Discard the choke into your petal bowl. Warning: You definitely do NOT want to eat this. It is not called ‘choke’ for no reason.
- You have now exposed your pièce de résistance, the artichoke heart. Cut it into bite-size pieces, and savor each and every morsel of it.
Alright then. Now that we are all schooled on how to eat an artichoke while avoiding any drama, let’s get down to the business at hand…making the stuffed artichokes.