steamed artichokes with garlic dip

If you’re a novice to artichokes, this casual recipe is the perfect way to familiarize yourself with their preparation. They’re served steamed with a simple dip that pairs well with their umami flavor.

4 large artichokes
3 large cloves garlic, peeled
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  1. Place a steamer basket in a heavy-bottomed stockpot. Fill pot with enough water to cover basket. Cover and bring to a gentle boil.
  2. Prepare artichokes. Using a sharp knife, remove stem of each artichoke, and trim off top 1 inch of leaves. Using kitchen scissors, trim tip off each leaf, removing sharp point. Wash artichokes well in cool water.
  3. Place artichokes into steamer basket, bottom side down, and add garlic cloves. Cover pot and cook until leaves of artichokes easily pull away using a pair of tongs, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes (reserve garlic).
  4. In a medium bowl, add steamed garlic and mash well with a fork. Add lemon juice, yogurt, mayonnaise, and mustard and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Taste for flavor and adjust as desired.
  5. Serve garlic dip alongside whole artichokes. To enjoy: peel each leaf from artichoke; dunk lighter green bottom portion of leaves into dip and scrape tender leaves with your teeth. With a spoon, gently remove fuzzy chokes to reveal hearts. Spread dip on top of artichoke hearts.

Serves 4.