Steamed Fresh Artichokes

Table talk: We tested a fancy steaming mixture that had about 10 ingredients, including wine, but found this simple mixture that calls for lemon and garlic imparts great flavor for a lower cost.

Yield: Makes 4 to 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 5 fresh parsley sprigs
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 fresh artichokes (about 3/4 lb. each)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Buttery Dipping Sauces:
  • Balsamic-Apricot Butter
  • Peppy Basil Butter
  • Mayo Mixtures:
  • Chipotle-Lime Mayo
  • Garlic-Lemon Mayo
  • Herb-Shallot Mayo
  • Pepperoncini Mayo
  • Garnish: fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs


  1. 1. Combine lemon, next 3 ingredients, and 2 1/2 cups water in large Dutch oven. Place a steamer basket in Dutch oven.
  2. 2. Wash artichokes by plunging up and down in cold water. Cut off stem ends, and trim about 1 inch from top of each artichoke, using a serrated knife. Remove any loose bottom leaves. Trim one-fourth off top from each outer leaf, using kitchen shears.
  3. 3. Arrange artichokes in steamer basket. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 to 40 minutes or until stem end is easily pierced with a long wooden pick. Remove artichokes from Dutch oven.
  4. 4. Carefully pull open center leaves of artichokes. Remove and discard choke using a long spoon. Serve with Buttery Dipping Sauces or Mayo Mixtures.
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