Sangria Artichoke with Garlic Butter

Sangria artichokes are vibrantly colored and meaty, plus a recipe for the Sangria Artichoke with Garlic Butter.
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Aaaah… my artichoke love affair continues! Steam them, grill them or roast them, even canned and pickled, I love artichokes. Some may argue it’s all about the dipping sauce. It’s like a chip that needs a dip. But sometimes a really good artichoke only needs a bit of salt & drizzle of lemon juice.

Frieda’s Produce was kind enough to send me a couple of their exclusive varieties of artichokes. I previously wrote about the Fiesole Baby Purple Artichokes, that have no hairy choke inside. Today, I’m featuring another fabulous artichoke:

The Sangria Artichoke. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

Artichoke with Garlic Butter

I never knew artichokes came in any other color, but green!

The Sangria Artichoke has exceptionally meaty leaves, with a subtle nutty flavor. Really a marvelous and flavorful artichoke.

Artichoke with Garlic Butter


So I kept it simple, with a 20-minutes steam bath and some lemony garlic butter to dunk it in. Lots of garlic, actually.

Sangria Artichoke with Garlic Butter

The sangria artichoke is incredibly meaty and full of flavor. You'll love dipping the leaves in this lemony, garlicky butter! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 1 Sangria Artichoke
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • 3 TBS butter, unsalted
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp chives, diced


  1. Rinse and trim 1 inch off the top of:
    • 1 Sangria Artichoke
  2. Trim half inch off the bottom stem and slightly spread open the petals.
  3. In a bowl large enough to hold the artichoke, add:
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 TBS lemon juice
  4. Place artichoke cut side down into the lemon mixture to keep it from browning until you are ready to cook.
  5. Bring 2 to 3 inches of water to boil in a pot and place a steamer basket over the water.
  6. Place the artichokes into the steamer basket, cover and steam until leaves are tender, about 20 mins.
  7. During the last 5 mins of steaming, melt in small pot over medium heat:
    • 3 TBS butter, unsalted
    • 2 tsp lemon juice
    • 1 large garlic clove , crushed
    • 1 tsp chives , diced
  8. Serve artichokes warm or at room temperature with dipping sauce.
  9. After enjoying the leaves, scoop out the fuzzy center “choke” prior to eating the inner heart.


Serving Suggestions: This sauce is perfect for any type of artichoke!

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Yield: Serves 2

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Sangria Artichoke with Garlic Butter Detail

Artichoke with Garlic Butter

Alas, my artichokes are all gone, and I am sad. All I have left of our love affair, are the pictures I took…

Artichoke with Garlic Butter


… and recipes to share!

Why don’t you start your own artichoke love-affair?  You can find these beauties at participating Southern California Ralphs Supermarket. They are only in season in April and May, so now is the time to really enjoy them. You can learn more about Frieda’s exclusive variety of artichokes here!

Other great artichoke recipes can be found here!

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11 Responses to Sangria Artichoke with Garlic Butter

  1. Gorgeous! I love any and all artichokes – and these look exceptionally nice. I’ll have to be on the lookout for these varieties. Thanks.

    • I was so happy to discover these myself. I’m totally going to hit the Farmer’s Market this weekend. Love Spring & Summer produce!

  2. Garlic butter sounds like the perfect match for such a beautiful artichoke!

  3. Rosa at #

    Another great way of preparing artichokes! Wonderful flavors and great idea.



  4. These artichokes look beautiful – wonderful flavour you have put in it 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. I honestly never knew that artichokes could be so beautiful. These are amazing photos!!! I have a strange desire to run to the store and buy some. This is my first time on your site and I am so impressed. I love your design 🙂

  6. Ruby at #

    Ah, they’re gorgeous. I hardly ever see artichokes here in Britain, except in exotic/ethnic shops. Usually we only get the preserved hearts, but there’s nothing like a fresh steamed artichoke!

  7. love2dine at #

    Artichokes with Garlic Butter – wow! i have never tried it before… hmmmm… must try to look for artichokes in my country.

  8. You are perfecting (is there such word?) the artichoke shot! Beautiful and gorgeous is not enough to express how it looks in your photography! Love to eat artichoke with garlic butter. Simple and delicious!

  9. mjskit at #

    These are beautiful artichokes and gorgeously photographed! I wish I could find these. What a fancy treat. Steamed artichokes and garlic butter are one of our favorite pre-dinner snacks.

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