This is one vegetable I loved even as a kid, always loved dipping each leaf in mayo and scrapping the meat off with my teeth. Each leaf eaten would get you one step closer to the very best part the heart…Yummy!
It can be a little intimidating to look at but it is truly delicious! I prefer to steam mine with lemons and garlic but you can grill and roast them also. The best part about these is definitely the garlic aoli sauce sauce, I could just eat that with a spoon. Here is a quick how to eat and artichoke video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGcnvqgq12Q
Stuffing lemons and garlic between some of the leaves, just does amazing things to the flavor.
- 2 large artichokes
- 1 large lemon thinly sliced
- 3-4 cloves garlic finely diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper
- Roasted Garlic Aoli Sauce
- 1 head roasted garlic
- 1 cup mayo
- juice of one lemon
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- Fill a large pot with enough water to reach the bottom of a steamer basket. Add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil.
- Meanwhile, using a serrated knife, cut off the top third of the artichokes. With kitchen shears, snip off any sharp tips from the remaining leaves. Rinse artichokes. Stuff lemon slices, garlic under artichokes leaves. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper.
- Steam artichokes 35-45 minutes or until a paring knife inserted in the stem meets little resistance.
- Let cool, then serve
- Roasted Garlic Aoli
- In a small bowl, squeeze the garlic cloves into the bowl and add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
- Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.