Lemon Garlic Artichokes

Seasoned with only lemon, garlic and a bit of salt and pepper, this simple preparation of fresh artichokes is one of the best ways we know of to enjoy the vegetable’s unique flavor. This recipe comes to us from, Michael DeLone Executive Chef of the premiere Philiadelphia Italian restaurant Le Castagne.

Serves 12.

  • 12 medium artichokes, fresh
  • 2 lemons; juice and rinds
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups olive oil

Submerge all the artichokes in a water bath to pry them open easier. Remove one from its bath and pry them open a bit. Place opened artichoke, bottom up, on a board and repeat 11X.

Combine salt and pepper and garlic powder. Take one artichoke at a time and sprinkle all over. Heat the oil in a deep earthenware or similar saucepan.

Cook as many artichokes that will fit in one layer over moderate heat [20 to 25 minutes]. During the cooking period, sprinkle some cold water with a squeeze bottle over the artichokes to produce steam, to ensure the inside will be tender.

When all the artichokes are done, transfer them to a plate, bottom side down. Pick them up at the bottom with a fork and dip them, one by one in the hot oil again, pressing the leaves to the bottom of the pan. The artichokes will open up like roses and the leaves will become golden and crisp. Serve immediately while piping hot

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Nutrition Information

Lemon Garlic Artichokes

Servings per Recipe: 12

Amount per Serving

Calories:  204

Calories from Fat:  129

Total Fat:  14g

Saturated Fat:  2g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  153mg

Carbohydrates:  19g

Protein:  6g

Vitamin A:  0%

Vitamin C:  41%

Calcium:  7%

Iron:  12%

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