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Artichokes with Lemon-Garlic Butter

Artichokes with Lemon-Garlic ButterSimple elegance. Steamed whole artichokes served with a delicious dipping sauce of lemon and garlic infused-butter. Serve as a first course—or as an entrée for a light meal.

Recipe Ingredients:

4 medium fresh artichokes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup butter
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. Place steamer rack in large pot. Fill pot with enough water to come just to bottom of rack.
  2. 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.
  3. Arrange artichokes on rack. Bring water to boil over high heat. Cover pot; steam artichokes until knife pierces base easily, adding more water if necessary, about 45 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook a few seconds (don't let it burn or it will taste bitter). Add lemon juice and butter; stirring until butter melts. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve artichokes warm with seasoned butter.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): 393.5 calories; 82% calories from fat; 36.7g total fat; 61.0mg cholesterol; 285.1mg sodium; 517.5mg potassium; 16.3g carbohydrates; 7.1g fiber; 0.4g sugar; 9.2g net carbs; 4.8g protein.

Recipe by Hope Cantil; Photograph courtesy of Sue Ramaley; copyright © 1999; property of See Terms of Use.