Really Really Simple Artichokes

Total Time
1hr 2mins
Prep 2 mins
Cook 1 hr

Growing up, we used Catalina salad dressing. They've since re-formulated it to be sweeter-tasting, so nowadays I try to mix it half and half with a good tart French dressing lacking mayo. Some people like to add in mayo; frankly, I DON'T. The tartness is the appeal here. If you want to talk about Comfort Food, for me you can't get much more comfortable. To serve as a main course, instead of a side: serve two regular sized artichokes per person. I've done this.


  1. Wash and clean four medium artichokes. You don't need to remove the points at the tips of the leaves unless you want to, (By around the age of 8 I knew to respect the tips -- ). Remove the stem; you can cook it and eat the center core, or you can discard it.
  2. Place in saucepan that will fit them all.
  3. Cover, or near cover, with water.
  4. Bring to a boil, then down to a simmer. Cover the top of your pan. Regular artichokes will take about 50-60 minutes. Huge monsters will take up to 1 hour 20 minutes. The baby ones (usually sold in 6 or 12 packs around here) will take 30 - 40 minutes). Watch water levels and replenish as needed.
  5. Dipping sauce: combine Catalina with a good French dressing to cut the sweet but retain the tart. Perhaps an optional dose of lemon juice if you like.
  6. Each person gets one artichoke when served (still hot), unless you are serving baby chokes, in which case they could be served two.
  7. The feathery "choke" is inedible, remove it when you get to that state in eating, although with some of the smaller baby artichokes, you can indeed eat it. Otherwise, eat the bottoms of the leaves, remove the feathery choke, and eat the heart. All dipped.


Most Helpful

This is simple, easy and delicious. I cooked per insruction for 50 minutes. Instead of the dressing I lightly saute'ed a smashed clove of garlic in butter to dip the leaves in. Made for Adopt a Veggie Tag game. Thanks for posting Diann is Cooking.

sloe cooker March 21, 2011

Yum! Who could turn this dish down? There's simply nothing better then to snack on these babies - and it's even better when dipped in some creamy French dressing. I made my own using this, Recipe #24655. is good with me and my artichokes!

Andi of Longmeadow Farm January 03, 2011

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