whole artichokes with spicy dipping sauce

Whole Artichokes with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Prep time: 15 mins

 Cook time: 45 mins

Skill level: easy

Cooking method: cooktop, large pot with steamer basket

Serves: 4

ingredients:

4 large artichokes

6 tablespoons mayonnaise 

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 

2 tablespoons capers, coarsely chopped 

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons hot sauce 

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 

instructions:

For the Polenta:

Step 1 – Place each artichoke on its side on a flat surface. Use a serrated knife to saw off the stem at the base of the artichoke so it can sit upright on a plate without falling over once cooked.

Step 2 – In a large pot, add 3 inches of water. Insert a steamer basket. Place the artichokes top-down in the basket, wedged in a single layer. Cover. Bring the water to a boil over high heat and cook until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 30 to 35 minutes. If the pot runs out of water while cooking, simply add more to the bottom.

Step 3 – In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, oil, capers, mustard, vinegar, hot sauce and red pepper flakes. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Garnish with the chives.

Step 4 – Serve the artichokes with the dipping sauce and enjoy!

grandpa’s thoughts:

I love it because we cook the artichokes whole and eat the whole thing! While the recipe calls for a steaming method, you can easily submerge them in a large pot of boiling, lightly salted water and cook until tender.

This artichoke with the spicy dipping sauce is delightful. Pull off the leaves, dunk in the sauce and enjoy. Scoop the fuzzy “hay” off the top of the artichoke to find the heart in the center—the best part! Don’t like spicy? Simply make the sauce without the hot sauce or pepper flakes.