I love artichokes, and I am very thankful my parents made them for us when we were kids. I have memories sitting down at the table with my brother and sister and eating our way to the heart! I will eat artichokes in way but my favorite it just good old steamed artichokes dipped in lemon butter.
I normally just steam the artichokes in water with a little salt and garlic, but this time I followed Tyler Florence way. I didn't notice a big difference but I liked adding more flavor to the water and it seemed to make the artichokes a little bit more delectable!
Steamed Artichokes (from Food Network, Tyle Florence)
- 4 sprigs parsley
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 lemons, cut in half
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 quart water
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 whole artichokes
Bring parsley, garlic, bay leaves, lemons, wine, oil, salt, pepper and water to a simmer.
Wash artichokes under cold water. Cut off the stems close to the base. Pull off the lower petals that are small and tough. Cut off the top inch of the artichoke and rub with a lemon.
Place the artichokes pot, bottom up. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes.
(I didnt know this so good info from Food Network: The artichokes are done when a knife is inserted into the base and there is no resistance.)
Now just eat the bottom of the leaves by dipping them in butter/lemon mixture. Enjoy!