The first thing you should know is how to cook them. Artichokes can be a bit daunting if you are new to them. How you cook and eat an artichoke is not obvious from its appearance. Read on to see how to cook and eat them.
Artichokes may be eaten cold or hot, but I think they are much better hot. They are served with a dip, either melted butter or mayonaise. My favorite dip is mayo with a little bit of balsamic vinegar mixed in. Any sauce that is your favorite will go equally as well. I like honey mustard out of the bottle for a quick dip. In this version, I added chipotles to the steaming water. I then put the artichoke on the gas stove in the flames for a few minutes to give it a char and served it with approximately 3 Tblsp of mayonnaise and 10 dashes of chipotle sauce, mixed well. You can use your outdoor grill or gas stove to give the artichoke a quick char after steaming it which adds a smoky flavor that is subtle yet distinct.
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