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Artichokes with Olives and Parmesan

This spring vegetable makes a simple and delicious appetizer or side dish.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 1995


  • 4 large globe artichokes (about 1 pound each)
  • 3 lemons
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots (about 2 small)
  • 1/4 cup oil-cured olives, pitted and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan


  1. Trim 1 inch from artichoke stems and a quarter inch from tops. Remove tough outer leaves. Using scissors, cut sharp tips off leaves. Fill a large saucepan with 5 quarts cold water. Squeeze the juice of 2 lemons into water and add lemon halves to saucepan. Add artichokes, 3 teaspoons salt, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place a smaller lid on top to keep artichokes submerged and bring to a boil. Gently boil over medium-high heat until artichokes are tender when pierced in the heart with a paring knife, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain and let cool.

  2. In a small bowl, combine juice from remaining lemon (2 to 3 tablespoons), vinegar, mustard, remaining salt, and pepper. Whisk in remaining olive oil, shallots, olives, and 2 tablespoons Parmesan.

  3. Cut stems of artichokes flush to the base and serve on the side, if desired. Spoon dressing evenly over artichokes. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and serve.

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