Ok, time to get back to my Favorites series!
My favorite food in the entire world is, hands down, ARTICHOKES. I'm not talkin' 'bout these:
I'm talkin' 'bout THESE:
They don't grow very well in this region so as a result you have to pay out the ass for ONE artichoke (on average, they're about $2.99 EACH) but I still eat them pretty regularly. Trader Joe's usually has some good prices on the small guys, but I like the huge, bulbous variety.
Some people like to steam theirs, but I find that steaming doesn't get the heart soft enough. I prefer to boil mine for about 45 minutes to an hour per 'choke. I usually add a couple garlic cloves and some rosemary to the water so the leaves and heart absorb those flavors. I eat them with lots of garlic butter (my family and most other people I know eat theirs with mayonnaise) and savor every last leaf. And the heart? A pure food orgasm.
Do you like artichokes? How do you like to eat them?