Preparing an artichoke to steam or stuff may be a little time consuming but well worth it!
Cut the end off the stem of the artichoke. Cut the top off the artichoke as well. Using your kitchen scissors snip the tips off of the remaining leaves and be sure to pull off any small underdeveloped leaves around the stem.
At this point your are going to want to pull the center leaves out of the artichoke to expose the furry heart.
Once you clear the leaves out, simply take a spoon and scrape out the furry covering off of the heart of the artichoke. Once the furry covering has been scraped away you are ready to steam or stuff your artichokes.
Here’s a great recipe for steaming your artichokes. You can serve your artichokes with your favorite dipping or hollandaise sauce.