Steamed Artichokes

Simply steamed and served with melted butter, tender artichokes make a wonderful first course or side dish.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

4
medium artichokes
Melted butter, if desired

  • 1 Remove any discolored leaves and the small leaves at base of artichokes. Trim stems even with base of artichokes. Cutting straight across, slice 1 inch off tops of artichokes and discard tops. Cut off points of remaining leaves with scissors. Rinse artichokes with cold water. To prevent discoloration, plunge entire artichoke into 4 cups cold water mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  • 2 Place steamer basket in 1/2 inch water in 4-quart Dutch oven (water should not touch bottom of basket). Place artichokes in basket. Cover tightly. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Steam 20 to 25 minutes or until bottoms are tender when pierced with knife.
  • 3 Pluck out artichoke leaves one at a time. Dip base of leaf into melted butter.

Expert Tips

When purchasing artichokes, choose plump compact globes that are heavy in relation to their size, with fresh, green inner leaves.

If you've never eaten a fresh artichoke before, you might wonder how to get at it. Remove a leaf, dip it in melted butter and draw it between your teeth to scrape off the meaty part. Keep removing leaves until you can see the little center cone of light green leaves. Cut the leaves from the cone, and remove and discard the fuzzy choke to reveal the meaty heart in the center.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
70
(
Calories from Fat
0),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
70mg
70%;
Total Carbohydrate
14g
14%
(Dietary Fiber
10g
10%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.