One of the things we got last weekend in the Bountiful Basket was artichokes. I love artichoke hearts! I love them in pasta, on pizza, in salads, on sandwiches…but I have to admit. I was intimidated by this alien looking vegetable. I’ve never made them at home. Well, time to change that!
I know most people dip their artichokes in melted butter or mayo, but I decided to kick things up a bit by making a garlic-Parmesan butter dip for my artichokes. And let me tell you– this stuff was soooooo gooooood!!! I think I’ll serve it over asparagus or green beans next. YUM!
Some websites said to clip the tops off of all the leaves to remove thorns. Well, I must have had a different variety of artichoke. No thorns here! Here’s how I steamed Mr. Artichoke.
Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Parmesan Butter
1 tsp Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp butter, melted
2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
1. Cut Artichoke into quarters. Rub each cut side with the cut side of the 1/2 lemon. Slice lemon. Place lemon and 1 minced garlic clove in the bottom of a medium pot. Fill pot with about 3/4″ water. Place steamer basket in the pot and put the cut up artichoke in the basket. Cover, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Simmer/ steam for about 30 minutes.
2. Remove artichoke from pot. Use a spoon to scoop out the fuzzy choke.
3. Place the butter and Parmesan in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20 to 30 seconds, or until butter is melted. Stir in the garlic.*
4. Serve melted butter with artichokes. Take each leaf, dip in the butter, and scrape out the ‘meat’ with your teeth. Don’t forget to eat the heart– its the best part!