Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Lemon Butter

This is a recipe from  I remember eating these as a kid.  My mother swears she only made them twice, but my sister and I both clearly remember them.  I think this is because eating an artichoke is so strange.  These did well for dinner and I think they will be remember by my kids as well!


  • 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


  1. Cut stems and top 1 1/2 inches from artichokes.
  2. Cut away first outside row of artichoke leaves.
  3. Using scissors, cut off pointed tips of leaves.
  4. Place Artichokes in steamer.
  5. Steam artichokes until knife pierces base easily, adding more water if necessary, about 25 minutes.
  6. Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat.
  7. Add garlic and thyme; cook 1 minute.
  8. Add lemon juice and butter.
  9. whisk until butter melts.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Serve artichokes warm with seasoned butter.
  12. Dip leaves and pull off flesh with teeth and dunk heart when you reach it.

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