I do love a good artichoke. Steamed artichokes with a good dipping sauce are the perfect appetizer for an intimate meal.
The only tricky part is preparing it. You have to trim the leaves and scoop out the middle part. But all that work is worth it in the end.
Steam your whole artichoke(s) for 20-40 minutes until done.
Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice. I personally like melted butter with lemon and garlic, or a nice rouxemalade or comeback sauce.
If you’ve never had an artichoke like this, you take off a leave, dip the end in your sauce, and bite off the end, scraping the leaves with your teeth (much like a crab claw).
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank my best friend Allyn A. Sossaman for introducing me to the glories of a fresh artichoke. Thank you, Allyn.