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COOKING AN ARTICHOKE (Rob Allison)

1 large artichoke

Cut the top off about 1 inch down. Cut the tops off each leaf of the artichoke with a pair of scissors. Cut the stem on the bottom off. Put about 2-3 inches of water in a pot and bring to the boil. Place the artichoke in the pot and cover. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 40-45 minutes. Clarify half a stick of butter to use as a dip. Note: You may cut a lemon in half and rub all the cut pieces with it to stop discoloring. Squeeze the remainder in the cooking fluid. Another caller said to drizzle a little olive oil and dry white wine in the water.

How to cook an artichoke recipe is published in our April, 2000 Menu Minder.