Baked Fresh Artichokes w/Lemon Sauce

June 4, 2013 • Greek Food, Italian Food, Main Dish, Side Dish, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

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Artichokes are my absolute FAVORITE!!!  It’s just one of those foods that I can’t stop eating once I start.  It probably doesn’t hurt that this recipe includes lemons, my favorite ingredient of all time.  Either way, if you’re a lover of artichokes or have never tried them before, I hope you try this recipe and take your time to enjoy them.  They take some T.L.C., but they are worth it!!!

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When you are buying artichokes, be sure that they are tightly closed up like these to ensure freshness.

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When preparing the artichokes, be sure to slice them down the middle and then immediately scoop out the choke (center) with a small spoon and toss into a cold bath of lemon water.  They will start to brown immediately, hence the lemon water, so don’t let it worry you!

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After you line your dish with olive oil and arrange all of your artichokes, fill each artichoke with fresh garlic and dill, then top with lemon sauce.

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Eating artichokes is a labor of love, one leaf at a time.  In case you aren’t used to eating artichokes like this, make sure you eat the heart.  It is the best part!!  At the end, your plate should be full of the tough part of the leaves.

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Baked Fresh Artichokes w/Lemon Sauce

Ingredients

  • 6 fresh artichokes
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 stalks fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • For the sauce...
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. chicken base

Instructions

To prepare the artichokes...

Fill a large bowl full of cold water and one cup of lemon juice.

One at time, cut off the end of the stalk and then slice the artichoke down the middle.

Using a small spoon, scoop out the choke and immediately place each artichoke in the cold, lemon water.

Repeat the previous two steps until all of the artichoke halves are in the water.

Slice the lemon in half, squeeze on top of the artichokes and place into the water.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

To prepare the sauce...

On the stovetop, melt butter in a medium pan and add flour, whisking until golden brown.

Add water, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chicken base, while whisking.

Continue whisking over medium-low heat until thickened to desired consistency.

Remove from heat.

To finish the artichokes...

Using a large baking dish, drizzle olive oil across the bottom of the pan.

Arrange the artichokes, face up in the dish.

Fill each artichoke with garlic and dill and then pour the lemon sauce over the top of each.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Pour 1 1/2 cup water, not on top, but around the artichokes to allow them to steam while cooking.

Cover with foil. Bake for 2 hours or until the leaves pull out with ease. The base of each leaf should be completely tender.

Remove from the oven and turn the broiler on high.

In the meantime, sprinkle each artichoke with a light dusting of Italian bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.

Broil for 5 to 7 minutes.

In the meantime, whip up another batch of lemon sauce for dipping the leaves and drizzling on top of the artichokes.

Take the artichokes out of the oven when the bread crumbs are golden brown.

Plate and drizzle with lemon sauce. Serve extra sauce on the side and ENJOY!!! Whew!! You did it!!

2 Responses to Baked Fresh Artichokes w/Lemon Sauce

  1. Donna Speer says:

    Nicole, I’ve never tried to bake artichokes before. It always looked so complicated. Your photos and instructions have inspired me. My family will be eating artichokes this week!

    Thanks, Donna

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