A weekend with Julia: Artichokes

May 02, 2010

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Life is like eating artichokes, you have got to go through so much to get so little. -Thomas Aloysius Dorgan-

Artichokes with lemon butter.

2 globe artichokes
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces and chilled
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/8 tsp salt
Pinch of white pepper (optional)

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  • Trim the artichokes for boiling; lay each on its side and cut off about an inch or so off the top. Break off the small leaves near the base and cut off all but an inch or so off the stem. Rinse it well under cold water.

 Watch out for the spines! These little suckers pricked me at the grocery store and then again when I was washing them

  • Boil the artichokes, uncovered, for about half an hour. They are done cooking when the leaves pull out easily and the bottoms are tender when pierced with a knife.
 I know it says to keep then uncovered but if you see from the first picture, the artichoke bobs on the top of the water. If you use an coriander, it holds the artichoke down and the steam escapes from the tiny holes. Thank you Alton Brown!
  • Gently reduce the lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small sauce pan until about one tbsp. 
  • Over low heat, whisk in the chilled butter pieces, one at a time, until creamy. 
  • Remove from heat, and, when ready to serve, whisk in 2-3 tbsp dribbled hot water to warm.

We also made an hollandaise sauce to pair.
8 oz of butter
3 large egg yolks
2 tbsp of hot water
just over 1 tbsp of lemon juice
pinch of salt
pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Melt butter slowly in saucepan. Remove from heat and leave to one side.
  • Using a double boiler, whisk together egg yolks until thicken. 
  • Slowly add tbsps of boiling water and beat constantly until sauce beings to thicken.
  • Whisk in lemon juice and salt.
  • Next whisk in melted butter. Beat until thick.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.