Cut stems off of artichokes. With a sharp knife cut of tip of artichoke. Using kitchen scissors cut spikey tips off of leaves. In a large, shallow pan pour 3-4 inches of water and add artichokes. Cover and let steam 40-45 min, adding additional water if necessary. Serve with melted butter.
I've been wanting my kids to try artichokes in their truest form for a while. I am so happy that they gave it a try and even happier still that they LOVED them! There are many thicker, richer sauces traditionally used to dip the leaves in, but I prefer melted butter. It is definitely rich, but it only takes a little bit of butter to give it great flavor.