Steamed Artichokes with Cayenne Dipping Sauce
Artichokes are a strange looking vegetable and definitely fall into the category of vegetables I was scared of (at one point in my life). They are big, and spiky, and rough, and definitely don’t look edible. I wonder who was the first person to try to eat one of these things?
I eat a lot of artichokes…I mean A LOT, and to be clear I’m talking about the jarred kind. I mainly put them on salads, but often find myself with a fork in the jar eating them straight up for a snack (a pricey snack). Well one day I got over my fear of fresh artichokes and steamed one of these guys which confirmed for me why the jarred versions are so expensive…they take quite a bit of work to get to the meat aka the heart. The bonus of making a fresh artichoke…all the extra meat you get off the leaves. And the fun part of making a fresh artichoke…the dipping sauces.
In my version of steamed artichokes you could eat them right out of the pot as the flavors I add to the steaming water makes them delicious all on their own. I also whipped up a spicy vegan dipping sauce to serve along side, great when serving as an appetizer.
- Fill a large stock pot with about 2 inches of water.
- Squeeze the juice from the lemon into the water, toss in the lemon halves, garlic, bayleaf and liquid smoke.
- Trim the spiny tips of your artichoke, lob off about 2 centimeters off the top and rinse under cold water.
- Place a steamer basket into your pot and place the artichokes on top, bring to a boil.
- Simmer your artichokes for 25-45 minutes, or until the leaves easily pull away from the stem.
Cayenne Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup vegan mayonaise
juice of half a lemon
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Stir all ingredients together and serve along side your steamed artichoke.