Artichokes with Tarragon Butter

Artichokes are fun to prepare and eat as an appetizer or side dish. Serve each person a small bowl of herby butter to dip the leaves in.


2 servings


2 medium artichokes
4 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon dill weed
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon


Using a sharp knife, level the bottom of each artichoke and cut 1 inch from the top. Using kitchen scissors, snip off tips of outer leaves. Brush cut edges with 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

Place artichokes in a deep 8-inch microwave-safe dish; add 1 inch of water. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 10 to 12 minutes or until leaves near the center pull out easily. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the butter, dill, oregano, tarragon and remaining lemon juice. Serve with artichokes.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutritional Information

1 artichoke with 2 tablespoons butter equals 265 calories, 23 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 276 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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