The traditional way to eat steamed artichokes is to pull one artichoke leaf out at a time and scrape the tender meat from the bottom of the leaf with your teeth. Be sure to remove the thistle-like choke in the center of the artichoke before enjoying the meaty heart.
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1 lemon, halved
4 large globe artichokes
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Arrange a large bowl of water next to you. Squeeze lemon into water then add squeezed lemon halves to water, too; stir well. Cut stems off artichokes so they will sit flat, then discard stems and transfer artichokes to the bowl with lemon water to prevent artichokes from discoloring.
Working with one at a time, cut off the top third of each artichoke, then clip off and discard the sharp points of the outer leaves, returning each artichoke to the lemon water as you finish.
Pour enough water into a large pot to reach a depth of 1 to 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover the pot and arrange trimmed artichokes, bottoms up, in the bottom in a single layer. Cover the pot, reduce heat to medium and steam until tender, 20 to 40 minutes. Cooking time will depend on size of artichokes. When the leaves pull out easily and the base can be pierced with a knife, they're ready. Drain well and transfer to a large platter.
Meanwhile, whisk together butter, zest, juice, salt and pepper to make a lemon sauce; transfer to a bowl. Serve artichokes warm, with lemon butter sauce on the side for dipping.
Per Serving:220 calories (200 from fat), 23g total fat, 15g saturated fat, 60mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 4g carbohydrates, (2 g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 1g protein.
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