We've all heard the old joke about the person who first ate an artichoke and how hungry they must have been to go to all that trouble (and pricked fingers!). I, for one, think artichokes are well worth the hassle. Find great ways to cook up these throny wonders – from simple steamed heads to creamy soup or hearty gratin – below.
Looking for information about choosing and storing artichokes? See All About Artichokes for an excellent primer on the subject.
This recipe for braised artichokes in a broth of lemon and garlic works whether you want to trim the artichokes so people can eat them with a knife and fork or have everyone pull off their own leaves. In any case, you'll want to have some crusty bread on hand to helpp sop up the lemon-y, garlicky crazy tasty liquid that results along with the tender artichokes.