Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is a lovely special occasion appetizer or dinner. The lemon garlic butter is just wonderful.
- 4 fresh artichokes
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 10 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- Cut stems and top 1 1/2 inches from artichokes.
- Cut away first outside row of artichoke leaves.
- Using scissors, cut off pointed tips of leaves.
- Place Artichokes in steamer.
- Steam artichokes until knife pierces base easily, adding more water if necessary, about 25 minutes.
- Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add garlic and thyme; cook 1 minute.
- Add lemon juice and butter.
- whisk until butter melts.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve artichokes warm with seasoned butter.
- Dip leaves and pull off flesh with teeth and dunk heart when you reach it.
This cooks the artichoke perfectly! Nice and soft and ready to eat! I used dried thyme in my garlic butter. This is a great appetizer to eat with friends. I would like to look into different dipping sauces for the artichokes to see how they would taste so will definitely make these again with some extra sauces in addition to the garlic lemon butter!!! I am thinking balsamic vinegar??? MMMmmm!!!!
Great recipe. We enjoyed the garlic with the artichokes and much prefer this to a ranch dip that we have had before with artichokes. I added lemon zest to the artichokes while they steamed. The garlic lemon butter would be great for basting and dipping grilled seafood. Thanks Kimke!
This is the way I eat my artichokes except that I cheat with the sauce and just microwave butter and garlic powder. I'll have to try adding some thyme.