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5 Minute Microwave Artichokes!

What you need: 

1 artichoke
hot water
vegan mayonnaise (I like Vegenaise) with lemon juice or favorite dip

What you do: 

1. Trim the stem so its about 1/4 inch from the base of the artichoke. With a serrated knife, saw off the tops of the leaves so there are no pointy edges; this will also prevent it from rolling around on your plate as you eat it.
2. In a microwave bowl, set the artichoke on its base (stem down, leaves up) and fill with about 2-3 centimeters of hot water. Drizzle the water inside the leaves too.
3. Cover the bowl with a second microwave safe bowl, and microwave on high (leave a little space for steam to escape), for usually a maximum of 5 minutes. Dont overcook! A small artichoke usually takes 3 minutes, a medium to large takes 5.
4. To check if your artichoke is done, carefully pull out the bowl with hot pads and let steam escape. Using tongs, flip the artichoke over and poke the base stem with your fingernail or the tip of a spoon. If it's tender and makes a crescent impression , it's done. (If not done just nuke for one more minute.) Set artichoke base up on plate and pull off each leaf and eat, one at a time.
I dip each leaf in a sauce and use my teeth to scrape off the edible underside. You can use a variety of dips, I think lemon butter is the most common, but I like Vegenaise! Dont be discouraged if the first few leaves are tough. I usually discard the first 5-6 leaves because they are bitter. When you get to the heart, I use a spoon to scrape off the extra leaves (to small to eat) and the furry stuff, then I eat the rest of the heart. Yum!!
Easy Artichokes 101: No more waiting for HOURS and no more sogginess! Once you perfect this method, you will never boil again!

Preparation Time: 
5 min
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
1

SO HOW'D IT GO?

This was my first artichoke experience and it was great. I let it sit inside the bowls for a couple of minutes 'cuz I was makin my dip. It was very enjoyable eating, I will do again soon

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Wow, I'll have to try this out. I just made an artichoke yesterday and was reminded of why I rarely make them, because I'm terribly impatient and i cant wait so long! It never occured to me that microwaving was even an option. Thanks for the tip!

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oh yum! i didn't think this was going to turn out well, but i was pleasantly surprised. :) definitely a keeper.  ^-^

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I tried this last night and i totally didn't work for me. It didn't "steam" at all in the microwave, the outer leaves turned brown and bitter. I followed it perfectly, and am a really good cook, but after 6 minutes of still raw choke, i was able to save the inner leaved by steaming on the stove. Sorry, but I DO NOT recommend this method...

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My mom forgot to put the artichokes on and realised it minutes before everything else was ready.

This recepie saved the day!
We're never cooking artichokes the old fashioned way again!

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Sorry to also comment before trying, but I just HAD to say that I added this to my recipe box.

This will be perfect for when artichokes are growing in my garden again!

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um, wow! that is so pretty! i've only tried artichoke once before. does it really come out looking like that?? i think artichokes will be added to my grocery list this week ;) (i don't usually comment without having tried the recipe first, but it's so pretty i couldn't resist giving a compliment!!!)

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The recipe works better if you don't remove the top bowl for a few minutes. It allows the artichoke to sit in the steam longer. I am SO glad that I won't ever have to wait so long again to enjoy this snack.

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This is not a review of the recipe, I just wanted to forewarn the use of microwaves; studies have shown that the very good antioxidents and can be altered to carcinogens during microwave heating... all I am suggesting is do your own digging/research before having to use the microwave.

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Another great artichoke dip is vegan mayo, dijon mustard, and a little bit of lemon juice and a little garlic.  MmmMmm :)

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