Lemon and Garlic Roasted Artichokes

Lemon and Garlic Roasted ArtichokesLemon and Garlic Roasted ArtichokesLemon and Garlic Roasted ArtichokesLemon and Garlic Roasted Artichokes

For most of my youth (and well into adulthood), I believed that the best part of eating artichokes was the melted butter that accompanied them.  This was the sole reason I’d endure the tedious process of scraping away at each leaf. That, along with the knowledge I’d be treated to a tender heart I could dunk in the remaining butter, kept me going. Since one can’t indulge in such decadence all the time, I have grown to appreciate a new condiment: a combination of Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, and fresh dill. Sound boring compared to melted butter? Well, it’s definitely not as rich, but it is creamy and the mustard gives it a little kick, which definitely adds to the experience.

Until now, I’d been steaming my artichokes. This, I’ve learned, is not the most exciting way to prepare them. After recently trying my hand at roasting them with olive oil, lemon, and some garlic cloves, I’m now a convert to this method. In fact, a dipping sauce becomes less essential since the flesh has already been infused with these flavors and is seasoned with salt. I’m not saying you shouldn’t include the yogurt-mustard sauce or lemon butter, but if you don’t feel like mixing it up, there’s enough going on with these roasted ‘chokes that you probably won’t miss it.

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Lauren at Keep It SweetMay 27, 2014 - 8:01 am

I love artichokes but can never make them as good as in a restaurant – definitely giving this recipe at try. The roasting with garlic sounds so good! And I used to dip my leaves in italian dressing, this sounds so much better!

TieghanMay 27, 2014 - 8:38 am

I am a huge artichoke fan and while I love dipping them in butter, these sounds just as amazing!

JoanneMay 27, 2014 - 9:16 am

I’ve never had good luck with steaming my ‘chokes. But roasting…now that sounds quite promising. As does that dipping sauce!!

JenniMay 27, 2014 - 11:45 am

What a great method! Roasting just intensifies flavors, and I love the punch that lemon and garlic bring to the dish–I can almost taste it!

naomiMay 27, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Call me awful, but I still just want to get right to the heart. And the sauce–way better than just butter.

Liz @ The Lemon BowlMay 27, 2014 - 3:25 pm

This is a complete game changer for me.

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceMay 27, 2014 - 6:49 pm

Artichokes are a thing of beauty, aren’t they? I just love the colors. Growing up, my grandmother would make artichokes stuffed with seasoned breadcrumbs. I thought they were nasty at first, but then I really grew to love them. I also enjoyed the social aspect of eating an artichoke. Sitting around with family, savoring each leaf one-at-a-time. There’s really no rushing it!

I haven’t made artichokes in a long time. I need to get back on that. Perhaps host an artichoke party ;) Another beautiful recipe Brian!

Aren’t most foods better roasted? These look perfectly golden and delicious to me!

ShainaMay 27, 2014 - 8:05 pm

Artichokes are one of my favorite springtime treats. I like tossing them on the grill because it’s such a different side for pairing with barbecue. These look perfectly roasted, Brian, and that sauce. Oh the sauce.

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesMay 27, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Of course the buttery method sounds awesome to me, but this dip is none too shabby, either. These artichokes look perfectly gorgeous.

Sylvie | Gourmande in the KitchenMay 28, 2014 - 5:21 am

Perfect timing, I’ve got some artichokes I need to put to good use!

Joshua HamptonMay 28, 2014 - 8:45 am

Roasting artichokes – what an awesome idea. And the sauce does look more interesting than melted butter.

my only experience with artichoke is with the spinach dip…im tempted to roast them now. beautiful pictures as always,

Gorgeous photos! I’ve never tried roasting fresh artichokes but they sound amazing!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMay 29, 2014 - 3:19 pm

I am quite ashamed to say that I have never made artichokes at home. I love them and eat them at restaurants, but always shy away from them in my kitchen. After looking at your photos on Facebook and now reading your blog post, I feel as though I have no excuse not to give them a try. Plus, I’m loving the sound of that sauce.

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francescaMay 30, 2014 - 4:17 am

Oh I love anything with garlic and artichoke – I’ve been known to eat them baked with butter and dipped in lemon… These looks lovely.

Millie l Add A LittleMay 30, 2014 - 7:52 am

Yum looks gorgeous and so delicious! I feel like a fancy french lady when eating artichokes ha!
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Tracy | Pale YellowMay 31, 2014 - 8:24 am

Fresh artichokes intimidate me, so I always use canned or frozen. This recipe looks fantastic and one I can really get behind! So pumped to pick up some fresh artichokes!

MonetMay 31, 2014 - 11:53 pm

I buy an artichoke a week during the spring and early summer but I’ve never tried them like this before. Clearly, I’ve been missing something very special! Can’t wait to try Brian!

DeniseJune 2, 2014 - 9:20 pm

I have to agree with you, I use to love an artichoke for the melted butter or the mayo. Okay, I admit it, I am a mayo lover! I started roasting pretty much all veggies a few years ago, artichokes included and haven’t looked back. Love them on the grill too!

ATasteOfMadnessJune 2, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Why have I never bought artichokes before?? This looks SO good!!

Karin StienemeierJune 6, 2014 - 9:16 am

this sounds fabulous!

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