Super Tasty Steamed Artichokes

It’s spring, which means artichokes!  Queenie requested that I whip up some artichokes yesterday for her and a friend, and I decided to poke around on the internet to see if I could find an especially fun recipe.  This one caught my eye, from the FoodNetwork website, and it was easy and delicious (and only required one tweak to veganize):

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/steamed-whole-artichokes-recipe.html

As you’ll see, the trick is to steam the artichokes in a tasty concoction.  But first, you need to prep them, which involves trimming off the prickly leaf points and then rubbing the cut areas with lemons to prevent browning.

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Next, prepare the steaming liquid.  Use a pot that is the right depth that when the lid is placed on, it will hold the artichokes in place.  To that pot, add either veggie broth or water (or a combination of both, which is what I did), some cut lemons, bay leaves, garlic cloves, white wine, olive oil, salt and pepper and parsley sprigs.  Bring that to a boil.

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Place the prepped artichokes into the boiling liquid, bottom side up.

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Cover and boil/steam them for about 30 minutes, or until they are fork tender (mine were large and I had to boil for about 40 minutes).  Serve with your favorite dipping accompaniment.  Queenie said that the artichokes were so wonderfully flavored that when she dipped in plain mayo (Hampton Creek Foods “Just Mayo”), it tasted like aioli.  Yum.  Queenie and her buddy whisked the artichokes off and consumed them before I had the chance to snap a photo, but let this one show you how popular they were!

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Enjoy!  xo

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