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Emeril Lagasse's Boiled Artichokes

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson


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Popular, Emmy-nominated, and James Beard Award-winning television chef Emeril Lagasse specializes in Louisiana (primarily Creole and Cajun) cooking. Cooking from an early age, he has been either a chef at and/or owner of many acclaimed restaurants. Lagasse has written a number of best-selling cookbooks (There's a Chef in My Soup, Emeril's TV Dinners, Louisiana Real and Rustic, etc.) and has been one of the most often-watched chefs on The Food Network. He frequently uses the catch phrases "Bam!" and "Let's kick it up a notch." His TV cooking shows have included Emeril, How to Boil Water, Emeril Live, and Essence of Emeril.

Emeril Lagasse has a passion for cooking, and this simple recipe for boiling artichokes is fast and easy. It is one of his many fabulous recipes from his 2003 cookbook From Emeril's Kitchens: Favorite Recipes from Emeril's Restaurants.


Emeril Lagasse's Boiled Artichokes


Combine the water, bay leaves, salt, and peppercorns in a large pot and bring to a boil.

With a small sharp knife, trim the tough outer skin from the artichoke stems and remove the bottom row of leaves. Add the artichokes and lemon to the pot and return to a boil.

Place a heavy plate on top of the artichokes to keep them submerged, lower the heat, and cook at a low boil until the artichokes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain in a colander.

Serves 4.


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Lagasse, Emeril, From Emeril's Kitchens: Favorite Recipes from Emeril's Restaurants, HarperCollins Publisher Inc., NY, NY, 2003.