I love a steamed artichoke! It seems to me such an elegant thing to eat and you have to know how to eat one... I came across this recipe in this month's Food & Wine and (being the non-cook that I am) wondered: Can I have a cocktail party based around just this one dish?
Artichokes with Smoked-Herb Mayonnaise
"You can 'turn' the artichokes, but that's a bit fancy and laborious," says Richard Blais about the chef technique of trimming the hearts down. It's much easier to served the steamed artichokes whole; their nutty flavor is especially delicious with the smoky, herb-flecked mayonnaise.
4 large artichokes, stems trimmed
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons chopped dill
2 tablespoons chopped capers
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon smoked sea salt
¼ teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
Freshly ground pepper
- Set a steamer basket in a large pot over ½ inch of boiling water. Arrange the artichokes, stem side down, in the basket. Cover and steam over moderate heat until a a knife easily pierces the stems, about thirty minutes. Transfer the artichokes to a platter.
- In a bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, dill, capers, lemon zest and juice, salt and paprika. Add a few dashes of hot sauce and season the mayonnaise with pepper. Serve the artichokes warm or lightly chilled with the mayonnaise.