Whole steamed artichokes are an impressive appetizer or side dish, but they're actually very easy to make. Prepare in advance and reheat before serving with the herb-accented lemon sauce.
When picking fresh artichokes, look for the heaviest and firmest ones. They should also look green and not dehydrated.
You can cook artichokes in advance and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, simply reheat in the microwave or oven.
The dipping sauce may be prepared several hours in advance.