Steamed artichokes

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Simmer the herbs, garlic, bay leaves, lemons, wine, oil, salt, pepper and broth in a large pot. Wash artichokes under water.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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