Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lemon-flavored artichokes: nice, easy and tasty

Do you know how to cook artichokes with a delicate lemon flavor? A couple of weeks ago I made this delicious side-dish that is perfect for dinner to accompany a frittata or a pie.

Ingredients & preparation for 4 people:
4 artichokes - 2 lemons (both juice & zest) - olive oil - salt - water

You have to clean the artichokes as usual: take an artichoke at a time and remove the external and rough leaves using a sharp knife. Continue until you have only thinner and softer leaves. Cut also the stem. In a sink full of cold water squeeze the juice of half a lemon and leave there the lemon as well. When you have finished with the knife leave the artichokes to soak about half an hour. 

Cut the artichokes very thinly. Put a frying pan on a medium heat with a drizzle of oil, salt and a glass of water and cook there the artichokes stirring them from time to time to avoid sticking on the pan. Grate some lemon zest too.

Once they are cooked squeeze the juice of at least half a lemon and let cook all together 10-15 more minutes. You may serve them hot or warm... enjoy!


  1. I love your blog. It makes me hungry.

    I am traveling to Sicily for the first time this Wednesday. Staying mostly in the Southeast. You have given me so many things to try!!

    Grazie mille!!

  2. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Chris. I am so glad you like my blog.
    Southeast is great, but what about the north-west? :)))
    Anyway, don't forget to try pane e panelle (chickpeas fritters sandwish) and panino ca'meusa (spleen sandwich) if you make it to Palermo, 'cause I still haven't put them online but they are street food and are a MUST!!!
    In any case enjoy your trip!!!

  3. Excellent recipe! Really pleased to have stumbled across this blog and I look forward to dipping into it from time to time.

  4. Thanks very much. Really pleased you like it!

  5. My Mom makes the artichokes with lemon but she puts a little sugar in it, so it is sweet and sour. Make that and have a nice hot loaf of ItalianBread and dunk the bread in the juice. Molot bene.

  6. Thanks for sharing your mom's way Fran, we also have the sweet & sour juice with artichokes but it's usually made with vinegar and sugar. You can have a look here: