Sauces for Artichokes

Artichoke season has arrived! Enjoy those beautiful green globes now, peeling off their leaves to dip in one of two sauces. There’s something to please everyone.

I played my cards right in teaching my kids to like foods that my husband doesn’t love. He is not picky, but he doesn’t loooooooooove the same foods I do. That’s okay. It means that I don’t feel bad about fixing some of those foods as long as the kids like it. too. Vive the sauerkraut!

Artichokes falls into the camp of things FishPapa likes, but wouldn’t probably go out of his way to buy or make. I don’t think he’s ever said, “Honey, I think it’s been awhile since we had artichokes.” But, my kids do! So, when my oldest son requested artichokes recently, I had to say yes! I love them as much as he does.

I actually never had an artichoke until I met my husband. His Dutch friends, Sander and Vieke, lived on a mountain behind Santa Barbara. The night they invited us to dinner, I had my first tastes of red wine, steamed artichokes, and pasta carbonara. Lovely! It was a meal to remember!

Nowadays, it’s my kids and I who enjoy the artichokes. With these two sauces. One is lemon juice and butter based, the other gets its body from mayonnaise. Both are delicious.

Not sure how to prepare an artichoke? Check out this tutorial for wrangling that prickly, mysterious globe of a thistle.

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  1. I’m just a few minutes from the artichoke capital of the world and I’m SO glad! I like melted butter with garlic, salt and pepper. I’ll often add spices to the water when I’m boiling the artichoke (salt, garlic powder, cajun, etc) and that helps tremendously with the flavor. I always feel naughty dipping food in butter, lol, so boiling in flavor helps.

  2. My husband and I put butter, Worcestershire, and Pickapeppa in a ramekin in the microwave to make a yummy dip. It works best if you put the Worcestershire and Pickapeppa in before you melt the butter.

  3. Harriet says:

    Not happening at this house. You all can happily eat my share.

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