Tifa’s Premium Heart

Tifa and Cloud at Gold Saucer“Deep in my heart I heard you calling my name.”

—Tifa Lockhart, FFVII

This might sound like a simple recipe, but a lot of people don’t know how to prepare artichokes.  They’re fun to eat, and at the end, you get the best part—the heart.

  • 2 artichokes, washed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

In a large pot, bring lightly salted water to boiling.  While the water is heating, use a sharp knife to cut the stem off each artichoke.  Slice off the top 1″ of each artichoke.  With scissors, snip off the pointed end of each leaf.

Add artichokes to the pot and return to boiling.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.  Remove artichokes and drain upside down on paper towels.

Melt butter.  Stir in lemon juice and serve in two small sauce bowls.  Serve each artichoke in a salad bowl.  Put an empty bowl on the table for the discarded leaves.

To eat an artichoke, pull off one leaf at a time and dip the base of the leaf into the butter sauce.  Use your teeth to scrape off the tender flesh.  Discard the leaf.  Continue removing leaves until the fuzzy choke appears.  Scoop out the choke with a spoon and discard.  Pour the rest of the sauce over the artichoke heart and eat it.