Scrambled Eggs with Garlicky Artichokes

Start your morning off right with this richly flavored Syrian breakfast dish.

  • Serves


  • Cook

    10 minutes


By SAVEUR Editors

Updated on June 27, 2024

In Syria, this simple breakfast dish known as ardi shawki bil-bayd is usually served as a homey scramble accompanied by fried white cheese, rich, creamy yogurt, and flatbread. A mélange of fluffy eggs, meltingly soft artichoke hearts, and pleasantly grassy fresh parsley, it’s a remarkable example of something being greater than the sum of its parts.

Sautéing the artichokes with the garlic separately and folding them into the eggs at the last minute keeps the scramble lighter. While this recipe calls for frozen artichoke hearts for convenience, you can also use fresh: sub in two to three hearts of medium artichokes, trimmed, steamed, and sliced. Find our guide on how to trim an artichoke here.

Featured in “The Heart of the Syrian Artichoke” by Clifford A. Wright.

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  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 1 cup frozen quartered artichoke hearts, thawed in a strainer
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Finely chopped parsley leaves, for garnish


Step 1

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. When it stops foaming, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1–2 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. 

Step 2

Add the artichokes to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed through but not colored, 2–3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the garlic.

Step 3

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, and 1 tablespoon of water until frothy. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Step 4

Wipe out the skillet, return to medium heat, and add the remaining butter. When it’s melted, add the eggs and cook, folding gently with a silicone spatula, until set and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Fold in the reserved artichoke mixture, then divide the scramble between two plates. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

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