Spring Celebration: Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Mayonnaise

This easy mayonnaise-based sauce adds a pleasant tang to steamed artichokes, a bitter, sweet and simple spring treat.

| March/April 2004

  • Simple, elegant and sublime, artichokes are a spring ritual not to be missed.
    Photo By Joe Coca

Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Mayonnaise
Serves 6 

There’s a sense of spring ritual to eating artichokes. Their flavor—bitter, sweet, and green all at once—is wonderful with simple butter and lemon, but this easy mayonnaise-based sauce adds a pleasant tang. The artichokes can be prepared in advance and served at room temperature.

6 medium-size artichokes
1 lemon
Garlic mayonnaise with Dijon mustard and horseradish (see recipe below)

1. Cut the stem ends of the artichokes flush with the bases. Rub all cut surfaces with cut lemon. Snap off the lower outer leaves and cut off any thorny tips.

2. Put the artichokes in a steamer or heavy nonreactive pan large enough to hold them loosely. The lid must fit tightly. Pour water into the pan to reach the bottom of the steamer, or about 1 to 11/2 inches deep. Add a slice of lemon to the water.

3. Cover the pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat slightly and cook the artichokes for 20 to 30 minutes or until an inside leaf detaches easily. Transfer the artichokes to a serving dish, and serve hot or at room temperature.

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