How to Clean an Artichoke
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Prep time 5mins
Cook time 1hr
Serves or Makes: 4

Recipe

  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, halved crosswise
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/ 4 cup white wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 large globe artichokes, trimmed and cleaned

For the Roasted Garlic Mayo

  • 2 tablespoons roasted garlic cloves, coarsely mashed with a fork
  • 1/ 2 cup plant-based mayo or regular mayo
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Method

  • Step 1

    Fill a large stock pot with cold water. Squeeze lemon juice into water and place lemon halves in the pot along with garlic, bay leaves, white wine vinegar, and kosher salt to taste.

  • Step 2

    Add cleaned artichokes to pot, submerging under water as best you can. Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a rapid simmer and cook until a fork easily pierces through the artichoke heart, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Make the Roasted Garlic Mayo

Method

  • Step 1

    Meanwhile, stir the roasted garlic into the mayo and season with salt to taste.

Method

  • Step 1

    Serve artichokes on a platter or plate with a side of roasted garlic mayo and lemon wedges. To eat, pick the leaves off the artichokes and dip the base of the leaf into mayo. Flip the leaf over and scrape your bottom teeth against the leaf to remove the "meat" of the artichoke, then discard the rest of the leaf. When all of the leaves have been picked, the entire artichoke heart will be left, which is also completely edible and delicious.