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Sliced Artichokes with Tarragon


Soaking artichokes in lemon water prevents them from discoloring.

  • Servings: 4

Photography: Anita Calero

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1996


  • 3 lemons, halved
  • 4 globe artichokes (about 3/4 pound each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 medium bunch fresh tarragon


  1. Fill a medium bowl with cold water. Squeeze the juice of two lemons into the water and add the lemon halves.

  2. Trim the artichoke stems to 1 inch, and peel off dark-green outer layer. Trim 2 1/2 to 3 inches from top of each artichoke, and pull off tough outer leaves until tender yellow ones appear. Using a spoon, scoop out purple choke; discard. Slice the artichokes lengthwise, about 1/3 inch thick, and place in lemon water.

  3. In a large nonstick skillet, combine oil and juice of remaining lemon. Drain artichokes; add to skillet with garlic, salt, peppercorns, and 3 cups water. Arrange all but 1 sprig tarragon on top of artichokes; bring to a boil. Boil until a trace of water remains, about 15 minutes. Discard tarragon. Reduce heat to medium; continue cooking until artichokes are crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, chop leaves of remaining tarragon sprig.

  4. Transfer artichokes to a serving dish; garnish with chopped tarragon.

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