Steamed Whole Artichokes

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
2 to 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 lemons, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 quart chicken broth or water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 whole artichokes
Directions

Put the parsley, garlic, bay leaves, lemons, wine, oil and broth in a large pot and bring to a simmer. Season the liquid with salt and pepper. In the meantime prepare the artichokes.

Wash artichokes under cold water. Using a heavy stainless steel 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 and rub with half a lemon to preserve the green color. Alternatively, you may put the artichokes in acidulated water. If you wish, trim the thorny tips of the petals with kitchen shears.

Place the artichokes in the steaming liquid, bottom up. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. The artichokes are done when a knife is inserted 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 if desired. When you reach the center cone of purple prickly leaves, remove it. This is the choke that protects the heart. Now, scrape away the thistle fuzz covering the artichoke heart. The heart is the meatiest part of the artichoke. Steamed artichokes may be served hot or cold.


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My honey made these for me this evening. OMG. So delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best Artichokes Ever! Growing up in California artichokes were a staple in our home, but they never tasted this flavorful. This is by far the best artichokes I've ever had! Absolutely delicious. I decided to take all of the same ingredients the choke was simmering in and combine it with Greek yogurt for an equally delicious dipping sauce. This will be my go-to meal for Meatless Mondays! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Artichokes "au naturel" have very subltle flavor, so I do not add a single thing not even salt to the water. I am a TOTAL artichoke Phreak, or Addict, and will soon have see a special Counselor I'm sure.! I'm a man who hates to cook so can't bother with snipping off prickly parts, just don't eat them. Now, late November on West Coast, I wonder where they come from - seems like I have to cook (steam or boil) over an hour to get tender. Question: Best cooked bottom up, or bottom down? item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time in my entire life today, June 19, 2014 that I cooked artichokes and it's very good. My kids love it, too. Added ginger for Asian taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is AWESOME. My sweetheart devoured it in about 2 minutes... Ha! The flavor was incredible, we didn't need to dip it in anything. I used one large artichoke and kept all the ingredients the same. It worked well to have the water/wine and herbs come to a boil while prepping the artichoke. Cutting off and inch and rubbing with lemon before boiling worked well too! Enjoy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Do you steam the artichokes in a steamer with the herbs in the water or boil them? item not reviewed by moderator and published
So tasty! I didn't use water (just broth and wine), and when the artichokes were done I took them out of the pot and added a little flour/water mixture to the broth to thicken it up (stir it with a whisk for a few minutes). Then threw in a few shrimp, and tossed the whole thing with some pasta. I cut up the heart and stem (don't trim off the stem, it is delish) and added that to the pasta too, and saved the artichoke leaves for tomorrow's lunch. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simply sensational!! This recipe has now replaced all the others I have followed over the years .... including my Italian mother in law's! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had SIX large artichokes, not two as the recipe directed...but to triple the lemons and broth seemed over the top. So I tripled all ingredients EXCEPT the broth and lemons. Used 2 lemons cut in half and almost a quart of broth. It wasn't too lemony that way and not too watery. I reduced it a little bit, but I like to finish with a paste of butter/flour to thicken the broth so broth is more creamy. I prepped the artichokes and then cut them right down the middle lengthwise thru the stem, that way the servings stretched further. A nice change from bread-stuffed artichokes, especially at a T'giving meal when you want to keep a few sides light. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! Easy and great tasting! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Incredibly good!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and Delicious. Even smells wonderful as it its steaming. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and tasty, never had artichokes this good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tyler Florence, you are a rock star! Easy, delicious, absolutely amazing. And the broth as the artichokes simmer....to die for! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was SO GOOD. I had never eaten artichoke leaves before until I had them at a restaurant recently. We rarely eat out so I wanted to make them at home, and I'm glad I did!! These would be amazing for entertaining... they are so impressive looking but really don't take that much effort, and people devour them! I WISH I had read the reviews about pouring some of the broth into the right-side-up artichokes before serving. Will do the next time! We didn't even need a dipping sauce. So good and healthy. Great recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We eat Artichokes all the time normally some salt in the water and nothing eles. This way was so good you did not need to dip the leaves in anything at all. GREAT FLAVORS!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really great. Super easy, just follow the recipe. I didn't have parsley but had some fresh sprigs of thyme so used them and it was fabulous. Like the last reviewer, I also made an aioli with mayo, lemon juice, minced garlic, and I mashed up a chipotle (in adobo sauce. Left out the seeds so it was tolerable. Great combo, super flavor. I'll definitely do this one again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is freakin amazing holy cow, I just wanted to drink the broth it was cooked in after I ate my artichoke! I made a dip with mayo, dash of cayenne pepper, lemon juice and minced garlic! Keeper for life! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe... I make sure NEVER to remove the long stems on artichokes, though. Most people don't realize it, but the heart of the artichoke is just an extension of that stem! Just trim the end a bit instead of cutting the stem flush to the bulb, you'll be glad you did! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my second try at steamed artichokes, the first one being a disaster. I followed the techniques and recipes. Descriptions were very thorough and easy to folow resulting in wonderfully tasting artichokes. Will use again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING! This is so simple, but so enhances the taste of the artichoke! I liked artichokes before, mostly because I like playing with my food, but after this recipe, I CRAVE them! I especially like turning the artichoke upside down to stand on its own to steam. You don't get the sogginess of boiling, or the blandness (plus one more utensil to clean!) of steaming. So clever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING!!! Will never cook Artichokes any other way. I did have to cook them a little longer because mine were huge but otherwise wouldn't change a thing!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow this tasted amazing!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great smelling broth. Need to know what size artichokes Tyler used here because 30 minutes for mine gave me the ''done'' indication while inserting the knife into the base, however the leaves were completely uncooked. Another $$$ down the drain. Very sad. I grew up in California and love artichokes. Perhaps different parts of the country have different varieties? I'll keep on trying! Perhaps a pressure cooker would steam these guys better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is absolutely marvelous. Just made the artichokes seconds ago and had to right this review. I added all the ingredients including the artichokes to simmer in chicken broth, rather than water. I added chopped garlic versus the whole garlic intact because it did not specify chopped or not. I added just two table spoons rather than four because of the bold flavor of garlic. The pepper adds that extra kick and great taste. Thanks Tyler fr this great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first attempt at artichokes and I am SO glad that I tried this recipe first!. The flavor is amazing - as stated by others. I poured the liquid into the artichokes after stemming and right before serving them - who needs butter with beautiful flavor like that!! My seven year old daughter could not get enough. I will need to cook more next time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am addicted to this recipe! This has got to be the best thing I have ever tasted! I am only wondering if anyone has other ideas of what to steam besides artichokes. My husband, who detests artichokes, ate his so fast that he was trying to steal mine! This flavor is INCREDIBLE! Five stars are simply not enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were the best I have ever eaten item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sounds like an intriguing approach. I usually microwave mine nowadays. The stem that many people cut off and throw away can be eaten. Trim off the rough bottom and the peel on the side. Cook with the artichoke. Basically tastes like artichoke heart. I missed out on this for many years. A good dip with artichokes is mayo and vinegar about 3 to 1 mixed with a teaspoon of sugar or sweetener. Very tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe is amazing. after i steamed the artichokes, i cut them in half, and removed the thistle and broiled the artichoke halves for 7 minutes. AMAZING! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very surprised at how flavorful these artichokes were! These are loaded with flavor. My husband, and even my 3 year old loved them. I can't wait to make these again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a delicious way to be reintroduced to the whole artichoke. All of the ingredients were on hand and it was a fund Sunday project. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not blaming the recipe! Or the chef. Pecorino Romano was terribly salty. I should have realized when I tasted it fresh and cooking just condensed the salt. Then there were the artichokes, which I either undercooded or were tough as can be. Lastly, how do you eat these? Fork and knife? Tear off the leaves and dip in the cheese mix? I didn't get to see the episode so I don't know. Definitely not making this again, unless someone can point out the error of my ways! item not reviewed by moderator and published
artichokes are wonderful on their own but this recipe takes it to the next level item not reviewed by moderator and published
Been doing basic artichokes for years, just boiled them. Tried this way to do to them using the spices and broth. It was outstanding. Why had I not thought about this before. Great floavor to the final product. A big hit at the table even with the young ones who often turn up their nose to anything like this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe and I use it all the time. The artichokes come out perfectly steamed. In the summer you can use your fresh herbs, just about any kind work. Make a dipping sauce of vinegar and butter! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very green in color and thats what I wanted, plus it had a very nice garlic flavor, but not overpowering like some recipes I've tried. I will be serving this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I HAVE NEVER HAD AN ARTICHOKE BEFOR. ALL I CAN SAY IS OHHHH MY GOD!!!!! IT SO AMAZING. YOU DON'T THIK SUCH A LITTLE LEAF CAN PACK SO MUCH MEAT AND FLAVOR,EVEN BETTER WITH THE MELTED BUTTER AND 1 TSP. OF LEMON JUICE. THIS IS VERY GOOD FOR A VEGATERIAN. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Seemed there was little need to almost prepare a soup to steam the artichokes. Simpler would have been better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had always had artichokes steamed in plain water and served with mayonnaise for dipping. This recipe blew me away. There's so much more flavor and the lemon butter really accents the artichokes. Wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this one is perfect as is... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent flavor and very tender item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is easy to follow and tastes delicious. White wine compliments artichokes deliciously. There's enough flavor that butter's unnecessary. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is very easy and has so much flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe with high hopes since I havent really made artichokes before. I was extremely disappointed at the lack of flavor that was brought to the artichokes. I won't be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
No matter what I put in the pan I always think that steamed artichokes taste the same. This was no exception. I love artichokes & these tasted very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent. Fantastic flavor and very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delectable. I usually prepare them stuffed with bread crumbs so this was a nice change. Fresh, flavorful, easy. You HAVE to dip them in melted butter, garlic, and lemon juice for extra zing. My 2-year-old couldn't get enough! He had to fight off my husband for the rest of his! Thanks Tyler...there's nothing sexier than a man that can cook. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Definitely give this recipe a try! item not reviewed by moderator and published
is a great light but exotic,taste and one of my absouletley favariotes.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i didnt like artichokes until i treid this item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've eaten artichokes for many years, but this was my first attempt at preparing them. I think this was the best artichoke I've ever had to date. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make and not a stressful job. Everything tasty great at the end leaving me wanting more! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoyed the artichokes, as I found this recipe to be very simple and easy to follow. There wasn't alot of bold flavours and the integrity of the artichoke was kept. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first attempt at cooking and eating an artichoke. My experience was great! The whole family enjoyed it. It was fun to make and fun to eat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
all of the flavors went perfect together. family asks for it all the time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love any recipe that doesn't require ANY chopping. This flavors the artichoke perfectly, and it's a ahealthful dish as well. I made an "aeoli" of light mayo, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper to dip it in and it was fabulous (and low cal). item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have used this recipe a couple of times. It is very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fewer ingredients and the type of ingredients I'm more likely to have on hand than most recipes for artichokes. And the results are good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
simply awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
extremely tastey item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has to be the best recipe for steamed Artichokes that my husband and I have ever had. We love this vegetable a lot and eat them quite often when in season, but have never had them have so much flavor until now. Thanks Tyler for this great twist on an OLE favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very easy to do and did not require many ingredients. Very tasty as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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No need to use a steamer, just throw those babies in the pot! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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