Artichoke Hearts Braised in Lemon {Recipe}

This is the final Thanksgiving recipe installment for this year.  Have you found anything that you liked yet?  I would love to know if you made anything I posted on here!

This recipe is surprisingly good!  If artichokes are done right, they are so tasty.

When I was younger, I lived in two places that were close to Washington, D.C.   I would go often as I loved exploring the Smithsonian museums (the American History one is my favorite), as well as swing dancing events.  On our way home one time from some kind of event (I can’t remember what), we stopped at a brick oven pizzeria in Chinatown.  Feeling daring, I ordered a pizza with artichokes on top of it.  I am not sure why I ordered that as I never had artichokes in my lifetime, maybe it was because it had black olives on it (I am a HUGE fan of black olives!  I have been known to eat a whole can of black olives…).  I am unsure what was else on the pizza as it was a long time ago, but those artichokes really stood out to me!  Once in a while, I still put artichokes on my pizza.  Eating that pizza started my love for artichokes.


This recipe is a quick and easy way to add a dish with a clean pop of flavor to your dinners.  This would be a surprising add to your Thanksgiving meal!  Not many people will be expecting artichokes for Thanksgiving, but it will complement the other dishes very well.  You can use fresh artichokes, or canned artichokes.  I personally prefer the canned as I like the flavor of those, but you can use whichever you prefer, especially if you don’t like canned items.  Make sure you are using artichoke hearts as this is where the flavor is at.

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Artichoke Hearts Braised in Lemon
Course Side Dish
Course Side Dish
  1. Bring water, wine, artichoke hearts, lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil to a simmer in a large skillet. Season them with salt and pepper.
  2. Cover and cook, stirring halfway through, until the artichokes are tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Uncover and add the minced garlic cloves, olive oil, parsley, and mint.
  4. Cook, stirring, until the garlic softens, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately!
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