One of the popular thistle vegetables of Mediterranean origin, artichokes are a nutrient rich and heart healthy delicacy, specially cultivated to be tasty.
Recipe: Artichoke with Aioli Sauce
Serving size: 1/2 medium Artichoke
Servings per recipe: 4
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 45-60 min
- 2 medium - Artichokes
- 3 cups - Water
- 3/4 cup - Mayonnaise
- 1 clove - Garlic, finely minced
- 1 ea - Lemon, zest and juice
- Pinch - Cayenne pepper
Steamed Artichoke: Trim the base and the top third of the artichoke with a knife. With your kitchen shears, trim off all the sharp ends of the leaves. Rub the cut top with a lemon wedge to prevent browning.
Set a steamer basket into a large soup pot along with 3 cups of water. Put artichokes, top down and cover and steam for 45-60 minutes depending on the size of your artichokes. To check if your artichoke is done, lightly try to pull a leaf out. If done, the leaf will easily pull away. Be careful not to burn yourself. Remove artichokes with tongs.
Serve warm with the lemon garlic aioli dipping sauce.
Lemon Garlic Aioli Sauce: Combine mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest and cayenne pepper. Serve chilled. The sauce will keep in the fridge for up to one week.
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