Friday, April 2, 2010

Saffron and Lemon Artichokes

2 large artichokes
1 lemon~juiced
6 saffron threads
1/4C warm water
3T olive oil
1 clove garlic~minced
salt and pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and boil the artichokes for 25 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl, soak saffron threads in warm water while the artichokes boil. Combine the lemon juice, garlic and salt and pepper, stir in the olive oil. Drain artichokes and place on a baking sheet (stem side down, leaf side up). Add saffron water to the lemon mixture and drizzle down the leafy part of the artichoke so all of it soaks down into the leaves and is held there to bake. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and peel the leaves. Arrange on a platter with the hearts in the center and serve with melted butter and mayo infused with saffron to dip. Season all over with salt and pepper. This recipe is easily doubled... or tripled (consider this... they go fast and are so delicious).


  1. I was just looking for something a little different for our Easter table this year - this sounds easy and delish- thanks T!

  2. My son loves artichokes, can't get them enough. I saw that Costco has a bag of them for a great price. Maybe that would help with the cost os saffron- do you get it anywhere special?

  3. Cristie...

    I actually got mine at Dean and Deluca but have found it so much cheaper online than any local carrier. Let me know what you find it for.

  4. Such a simple and delicious recipe for artichokes. I am very excited to start cooking with them again this spring.

  5. I have some saffron! Can't wait to try this!

  6. I love artichokes. This sounds like a delicious way to serve them!