Seasoned Steamed Artichokes

Seasoned Steamed Artichokes

4 Artichokes
4 c Water
1 tb Olive oil
2 tb Wine vinegar
4 Garlic cloves
4 Bay leaves
1 t Salt
12 Black peppercorns
12 Coriander seeds
1/2 ts Fennel seeds

Slice off the stem and remove the tough outer leaves of each artichoke. Using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, trim the thorny leaf tips and then rinse the the artichoke thoroughly. Place the artichokes, stem end down, in a saucepan. Add the water, oil, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, salt, peppercorns, coriander, and fennel seeds. Cover and bring to a boil. reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 35 minutes, until tender.

Cooking time will vary depending upon the size and the freshness of the artichokes. To test for doneness, using tongs, tug on an outer leaf or lift an artichoke from the pan and pierce the bottom with a knife. When a leaf can be removed with the slightest resistance or a knife easily pierces the bottom, the artichokes are done. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature. Serves 4.

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