My family is nuts for artichokes. Every year I anxiously await the moment that the DeNoble Family Farms table at our Farmers Market is covered with artichokes of all sizes. And every year I enjoy hearing again and again from the head of DeNoble Family Farm how Tillamook, Oregon deserves to be the artichoke capital of the United States…NOT Castroville, California.
This year with our wettest, coldest spring in 117 years (you see…all my complaining was justified), artichokes were a little slow to make it on the scene but they’re here now. And I’ve been cooking them up just like I always do…
|Steamed Artichokes and Short-Order Cook Sauces||
- 4 large artichokes
- 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
- juice from ¼ of a lemon (optional)
- salt and pepper
- Best Foods mayonnaise
- lemon juice
- lemon pepper
- Cut off the stem near the body and then cut off the prickly part of the artichoke about an inch in from the top. Rinse under water. Sprinkle the tops with salt and pepper.
- Put your 4 artichokes in a large pot, stem side up, prickles down. Fill the pot with enough water to come up about an inch or inch and a half. Drop in your garlic. Squeeze in your lemon juice.
- Put the lid on your pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce your heat and simmer/steam the artichokes for 20-25 minutes. If the water seems to be getting low you can always add a little more. Check your artichokes for doneness at 20 minutes by poking the stem part with a fork or pulling off a few little leaves. You want your artichokes to be soft but not soggy. The leaves should pull off fairly easily.
- Drain your artichokes in a colander. They can either be served warm or at room temperature.
- As for the sauces:
- My kids like a sauce made of equal parts mayo and ketchup.
- My hubby prefers melted butter.
- And me, well I like a curried mayo sauce just because I have to complicate things.
- Take a scoop of mayo. A couple pinches of curry. A small squeeze of lemon juice and a shake of lemon/pepper. Stir. Dip. Enjoy.
- For easy clean-up, I always stick a colander or a large bowl lined with a plastic grocery bag on the table and everyone can toss their leaves in as they eat.
- Happy Leaf Plucking!