Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Butter

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2016 03Mar Recipes-Artichoke FeatureIngredients

  • 4 large artichokes (about 2½ pounds)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated

Directions

  1. Trim stems from artichokes, leaving about ½” long. Snap off any browned leaves, then remove top fourth of artichokes; discard. If you like, use kitchen scissors to snip off any thorns.
  2. Bring 2” of water to a simmer in a large pot. Fit with a steamer basket and place artichokes inside; season with salt and pepper. Cover and steam until leaves pull out easily and hearts are tender (a paring knife will meet with no resistance), 70–80 minutes. Remove from heat; squeeze lemon over.
  3. Mix butter and garlic in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper. Serve with artichokes.
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