The glorious, fleeting, and quintessential vegetables that easily evoke the feeling of spring are finally here. We are squeezing them into every menu we can find to showcase their distinct flavors. One that always comes to mind is the artichoke. Sometimes they can seem intimidating, even unapproachable, but they will always be delicious. To help you out, we’ve broken down exactly how to enjoy this veggie at its most pure – when it’s steamed.

Now that artichokes are back in season, why don’t you try your hand at making them at home! Here is the recipe for Mon Ami Gabi’s steamed artichoke.*

 

We expect to see a lot of artichokes popping up on our menus! Here are a few of our favorite artichoke dishes you can try at select Lettuce Entertain You restaurants.

Mon Ami Gabi Steamed Artichoke

Steamed Artichokes with shaved vegetables and lemon-Dijon vinaigrette at Mon Ami Gabi – Bethesda
Make a reservation at Mon Ami Gabi – Bethesda. Order carryout and delivery from Mon Ami Gabi- Bethesda.

Osteria Salmon with artichoke

Pan-roasted Faroe Island Salmon with artichokes, spinach, lemon, brown butter at Osteria Via Stato.
Make a reservation at Osteria Via Stato. Order carryout and delivery from Osteria Via Stato.

 

Roman style artichoke RPM Italian

Roman-Style Artichokes with lemon aioli at RPM Italian in Chicago and Washington D.C.
Make a reservation at RPM Italian – Chicago. Order carryout and delivery from RPM Italian – Chicago. 
Make a reservation at RPM Italian – D.C. Order carryout and delivery from RPM Italian – D.C.

 

artichoke Ema salad lunch

Ema’s new lunch salad of Warm Sumac Chicken and Mixed Lettuce. Marinated Artichokes, Herby Grains and Grilled Flatbread
Make a reservation at Ema. Order carryout and delivery from Ema. 

 

The perfect appetizer is the Spinach & Artichoke Dip from Hub 51. This gooey spinach and artichoke dip is baked until golden and bubbly and served with corn tortilla chips, roasted tomato salsa and sour cream
Make a reservation at Hub 51. Order carryout and delivery from Hub 51.

 

Aba – Chicago is featuring Striped Bass with Crispy Artichokes served with fennel apple puree and a Meyer lemon vinaigrette
Make a reservation at Aba – Chicago. Order carryout and delivery from Aba – Chicago. 

 

 

*RECIPE: Steamed Artichoke with shaved vegetables & lemon-Dijon vinaigrette
Yields 4

Steamed Artichoke 

INGREDIENTS:
• 4 fresh, large artichokes
• 4 fresh lemons, cut outer wedges and use insides for juice
• 1 bay leaf
• ¼ bunch parsley
• 1 sprig fresh thyme
• 2 cloves garlic crushed
• 1 tbsp. black pepper, cracked

METHOD:
1. Bring a large pot to boil on top of the stove with a perforated insert and lid.
2. Gently trim the top and bottom of the artichokes.
3. Squeeze with fresh lemon juice.
4. Place aromatics in the boiling water.
5. Place artichokes in the perforated pan top side facing downwards.
6. Cover and allow to cook until tender. Approximately 45 minutes.
7. Snip the ends of each leave with scissors.
8. Allow to cool and wrap individually with plastic wrap and chill.
9. Store artichokes bottoms down and gently to maintain shape.

Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 cup fresh lemon juice
• 2 cups olive oil
• 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
• 1 tsp. garlic, finely minced
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. black pepper, freshly ground

METHOD:
1. Finely mince garlic.
2. Start with dijon mustard in a stainless steel. Whisk in lemon juice and slowly add olive oil.
3. Season with salt and ground black pepper.