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Single Serving Side: Artichokes With Basil Mayonnaise

Like asparagus, artichoke is a vegetable that is best eaten fresh and alone during springtime. Sure canned artichokes are one of my pantry staples, but there is nothing like pulling the petals off of a warmed artichoke and scraping the flesh off into your mouth. This flower like veggie is an ideal side with grilled meats and roasted poultry. Pair them with a delicious basil mayonnaise dipping sauce to add a touch of elegance to a simple side (I LOVE this sauce and if there is leftovers use it on sandwiches and in salads). Unless you get a hold of jumbo size, serve one artichoke per person. Make it now,

Artichokes With Basil Mayonnaise
From Bon Appetit magazine

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
6 10-ounce artichokes, tips of leaves trimmed

  1. Mix first 4 ingredients in medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook artichokes, covered, in large pot of boiling salted water until tender when pierced with knife, about 45 minutes.
  3. Drain well. (Basil mayonnaise and artichokes can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover separately and refrigerate.)
  4. Serve artichokes warm, at room temperature or chilled with basil mayonnaise.

Serves 6.

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Stir-Fry-Kitty Stir-Fry-Kitty 9 years
This sounds so good. I usually eat my artichokes with melted butter, but I'll have to try this. Yum!
Megatron Megatron 9 years
my family has this sauce that we use for artichokes. It's mayo, mustard (I like to use Dijon, it gives it more kick), and an all spice called Accent. That's it and it doesn't taste incredibly mayo-y. Maybe try that.
SU3 SU3 9 years
I don't know what it is about mayo - but to me, it has a bitter taste. I'm not a fan of it. But the mixture you suggested does sound like it could work. I'll give it a try. It's a bit bizarre but I also heard of using Miracle Whip to substitute for mayo?? :? Thanks for the suggestions though! :)
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Hmm, I'm not exactly sure what you could use as a substitue for the mayo. Maybe a mixture of sour cream and yougert? If you are worried about the calories I suggest making homemade mayo-the ingredients are simply eggs and olive oil so if you think about it that way it's not that gross.
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
This sounds great!
SU3 SU3 9 years
looks DELICIOUS but I agree with ALSW - I'm not too crazy about mayo. I wonder what you could subsitute :?
Food Food 9 years
haze1nut - wow that's pricey! artichoke season is actually now. they peak in the spring - march/april/may - but continue to be harvested throughout the summer. perhaps they're just not ready yet in your area.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
never had an artichoke ever! :p
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
i seriously love eating artichokes with some creamy based dip.....SOOO GOOD! you can also try the green goddess recipe, that has some anchovies in it and sour cream. but yeah, too bad the store is selling ONE big artichoke for 6.99..craziness! when's artichoke season anyways?
LaylaCams LaylaCams 9 years
Basil mayo, yum!
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 9 years
Jendudley if you want to try artichokes without the hassle of making them, Cheesecake Factory has them seasonally served with a garlic aeoli (sp?) and I could eat those all day long!
jendudley jendudley 9 years
I have never eaten a fresh artichoke. I love canned ones and marinated ones, though. They look like too much work for not enough payout.... :?
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Man, it's lunchtime and now I just want artichokes!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
this is the best way to eat an artichoke, the last time I ate this was when I was 10! Thanks for the recipe
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I LOVE artichokes! :drool:
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I don't really like mayonnaise, but I imagine I could find something else to suffice. Looks delicious!
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 9 years
Wow am I drooling right now!
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