An artichoke contains only 25 calories and is packed with 16 nutrients, including magnesium, and are also a good source of fiber. But this recipe might be better suited to a romantic dinner for two: The cook’s kids lost interest in the somewhat complicated process of eating the artichokes.
- 4 sprigs parsley
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 lemons, halved
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 quart chicken broth
- Salt and pepper
- 2 whole artichokes
- 1 tablespoon melted butter per person
- Juice of a lemon
- Simmer the herbs, garlic, bay leaves, lemons, wine, oil, salt, pepper and broth in a large pot. Wash artichokes under water.
- Using a heavy duty knife, cut off the stems close to the base.Pull off the lower petals that are small and tough. Cut off the top inch of the artichoke with a serrated-edge knife and rub with half a lemon to preserve the green color.
- Place the artichokes in the steaming liquid, bottom up. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. Artichokes are done when you can insert a knife into the base and there is no resistance.
- To eat, pull off a leaf and scrape the meat off the tender end with your front teeth. Dip the ends of the leaves in lemon juice and melted butter.