Steamed Artichokes With Two Lemon Dipping Sauces

artichokesSteamed artichokes are generally better for you than the stuffed artichokes we made yesterday, provided you're judicious about the amount of dipping sauce you use. Here are my two favorite lemony sauces to serve with artichokes: One calls for butter, the other mayo ... hmmmm ... maybe these weren't as healthy as I'd thought!


Steamed Artichokes

Cut off artichoke stems and trim spiky tips from individual petals with kitchen scissors. Wash insides of the artichokes thoroughly and drain. Place artichokes in saucepan, and add water until it covers the artichokes halfway. Cover and simmer until leaves pull off easily -- about 25 minutes.


Lemon Dipping Sauce from

  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel, grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine ingredients, stirring well. Chill. Serve with steamed artichokes.


Lemon-Butter Sauce from Whole Foods

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Whisk together ingredients. Serve with steamed artichokes.


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