Artichokes with Lemon Dipping Sauce


Artichokes are seemingly scary with their thorny spikes, and I wondered what all the hoopla was about with people going crazy over artichokes.  Oh how divine, art thou artichoke heart, your soft flesh so pulpy and delicious to eat!  Mostly, I wondered how in the world do I make and eat one of these big green spiky coarse things.  I was intimidated, to say the least, by the task of enjoying this purported delicacy.  Nonetheless, about two years ago, I finally got talked into how easy it all was and how I’d never regret trying.  And, so it came to pass, I looked up a few online recipes and applied the advice of others that you don’t need to use a steamer.  Without further ado, here was my first attempt at making artichokes.  Alas, it was a bit of work, but well worth it.

Recipe: Artichokes with Lemon Dipping Sauce

From Sweetkitchengirl: On the Cutting Edge | Appetizers | Italian

Here’s a simple way to prepare and eat tasty artichokes served with a lemon dipping sauce.


Low cal Calories 64kcal

Low fat Total Fat 2g

sat fat Saturated Fat 1g

Low chol Cholesterol 3mg

sodium Sodium 163mg

Low carbs Total Carbohydrate 11g

Serving size 114g Calories from fat 18kcal Fiber 5g Protein 3g Sugar 1g
4 servings


  • Artichokes:
  • 2 jumbo artichokes
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • clove of garlic (not required)
  • water
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • butter
  • sea salt
  • coarse ground black pepper
  • Lemon Dipping Sauce:
  • Bestfoods lowfat mayonnaise
  • lemon juice
  • sea salt
  • black pepper powder


  1. Rinse the artichokes in cold water
  2. cut 1 inch off the tips
  3. cut 1 inch off the stems
  4. Snip off all the thorned tips of each leaf with a pair of kitchen scissors
  5. Cut in halves
  6. Fill pot with about 2-3 inches of water
  7. Bring water to boil
  8. Squeeze juice from the lemon quarters into the water
  9. Drop lemon quarters into the pot
  10. Drop artichoke halves into the pot
  11. Cover with lid.
  12. Bring to boil again.
  13. Reduce to a simmer..
  14. Boil in lemon water for 1/2 hour with a cover lid.
  15. Remove artichokes.
  16. Spray cookie sheet with Canola oil cooking spray.
  17. Place artichoke halves on cookie sheet.
  18. Use a pastry brush to brush halves with butter.
  19. Sprinkle with sea salt and coarse ground black pepper.
  20. Broil in oven until lightly browned on top.
  21. Serve with Lemon Dipping Sauce.
  22. For sauce, just mix Bestfoods lowfat mayonnaise, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper powder. Blend and add more to your taste.


  • How to eat it after: Pull off a petal, dip white fleshy end in sauce, place in mouth, dip side down, pull through teeth to get at the delicious soft pulpy flesh. Discard the rest. Repeat this process with each petal until you’re done with your half. Remove and discard the inedible choke and try to eat the rest of the heart.

Buon appetito!!!



  • Vasantha Bala says:

    Now I have the courage to buy artichoke and try this receipe.Thanks for giving the idea in a very interesting way.

  • Jami tucker says:

    My seven year old loves artichokes. I will try this especially after eating your Brookies and somosas tonight. Thanks so much Valli!

    • admin says:

      Hi Jami! That’s awesome! Your seven year old sounds like a foodie, already.:) Thanks so much for coming to the cooking demo enrichment night. You were so interested in learning and trying new things, and that made me really happy that I was able to do the class.:) Everyone there really just got me through it A-OKAY!!

  • micro job says:

    micro job…

    This is one amazing blog publish.Truly thank you! A lot obliged….

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