Some websites said to clip the tops off of all the leaves to remove thorns. Well, I must have had a different variety of artichoke. No thorns here! Here's how I steamed Mr. Artichoke.
Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Parmesan Butter
1 tsp Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp butter, melted
2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
1. Cut Artichoke into quarters. Rub each cut side with the cut side of the 1/2 lemon. Slice lemon. Place lemon and 1 minced garlic clove in the bottom of a medium pot. Fill pot with about 3/4" water. Place steamer basket in the pot and put the cut up artichoke in the basket. Cover, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Simmer/ steam for about 30 minutes.
2. Remove artichoke from pot. Use a spoon to scoop out the fuzzy choke.
4. Serve melted butter with artichokes. Take each leaf, dip in the butter, and scrape out the 'meat' with your teeth. Don't forget to eat the heart-- its the best part!
*Note: I learned the hard way NOT to add the garlic before microwaving. It will turn brown and burn before the butter is completely melted.