steamed artichokes with lemon butter parmesan dip

steamed artichokes with lemon butter dip

I had lunch with a friend in Rozelle today and we decided to pop into About Life for their delicious cocoa chai. I always find it hard to resist browsing through the store even if I'm just getting take-away.  The food displays seem to say, "Buy me. I'm organic. I'm good for you." And so that's what I did when I came across a beautiful pile of purple-green artichokes that looked more like something I'd put in a vase instead of on a plate. I've never cooked artichokes before so I decided today was the day.

I love artichokes and the most recent rendition I sampled was the 'carciofli alla giudia' (fried whole artichokes) from the Jewish ghetto in Rome.  I've never had them steamed though so I thought I'd start with the basics and save myself from some deep fried calories.




2 artichokes, trimmed (see link on how to trim and eat an artichoke)


2 T melted butter

2 T extra virgin olive oil

1/4 c grated parmesan cheese

1/4 t lemon zest

squeeze of lemon juice, to taste

1 small garlic clove, finely chopped

sea salt and black pepper, to taste


Steam the artichoke for about 15-20 mins. They are done when you can easily slide a fork into the core. When artichokes are ready, dry them on paper towels. 

Place all dip ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

Arrange artichokes on a plate and serve with the dip.

Steamed artichokes are very subtle in flavour so they are best eaten on their own with a nice glass of white wine.

Serves 2-3.

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