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Lemon-Studded Artichokes

 Lemon-Studded Artichokes
For a change-of-pace side dish or appetizer, microwave some artichokes. Lorraine Galazyk of South Surrey, British Columbia flavors them with lemon slices and garlic butter, which is great for dipping.
2 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium artichokes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 to 4 garlic cloves, minced

Directions

  • Rinse artichokes well; trim stems. With scissors, snip 1 in. off the
  • tops. Snip the tip end from each leaf. Brush cut edges with the
  • lemon juice. Spread artichokes leaves open. Using a small knife,
  • carefully cut around each center choke. Scoop out and discard the
  • fuzzy centers.
  • Cut each of the lemon slices into six wedges; place between artichoke
  • leaves. Place artichokes in an 8-in. microwave-safe dish. Combine
  • butter and garlic; pour over artichokes.
  • Cover and microwave on high for 10-12 minutes or until artichokes are
  • tender. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with garlic butter from the
  • dish. Yield: 2 servings.
Nutritional Facts:B> 1 serving equals 576 calories, 57 g fat (35 g saturated fat), 153 mg cholesterol, 695 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 5 g protein.