Artichokes have the distinction of being an edible flower, but in fact it is a vegetable.
However you classify this distinctive delight, artichokes are simple and delicious treats. They are far simpler to get to the table than you might imagine, and certainly worth the effort. Our Test Kitchen staff suggests that you enjoy artichokes either grilled or fried. You'll want to steam them for 35 to 40 minutes before grilling. Next, coat them with olive oil, salt, and pepper before letting them cook to a smoky delight. Slather them in one of our many tasty mayos, and you'll wonder how you've managed so long without every devouring these tasty treats.
If you prefer your artichokes fried—as we're sure many Southerners do—we've got a great recipe for that too. Quarter the stems, coat them in cornmeal, and fry them up. Find the full details in our recipe for Cornmeal-Fried Artichokes. Try more great mayos for added flavor: Pepperoncini, Herb-Shallot, Garlic-Lemon, or Chipotle-Lime variations all add their own unique tastes. Believe us, you will want to enjoy them all.