Serve up some artichokes with these delicious dipping sauces

Springtime means artichokes! If you cut them in half, you can prepare them in as little as 20 minutes.

Wash artichokes.Remove the pointed ends by cutting off about ¼ inch with kitchen shears. Cut ¼ inch of the stem end of the artichoke off. On a cutting board, hold the artichoke with the stem facing up and cut through the entire artichoke with a large knife. Using a spoon scoop out the “choke” (fuzzy-looking part) and any sharp purple-ish petals. Set each half in a bowl of water with some lemon juice until you are ready to steam them. Steam artichokes in a steamer basket by bringing the water to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Steam artichokes for 15-20 minutes until they are easily pierced at the stem end with a fork.

Peel off a petal, dip it in sauce and scrape the inside of the petal with your teeth. Once scraped, discard the petal.

Here are some great artichoke dipping sauces:

Pesto Mayonnaise
• ½ cup Mayonnaise
• 1-2 Tbsp. store-bought pesto
Whisk together mayonnaise and pesto.

Lemon Garlic Herb Butter
• ½ cup butter
• 1 clove garlic
• 1 tsp. lemon zest
Melt butter and add garlic and lemon zest.

Herb Mayonnaise
• ½ cup mayonnaise
• 1 tsp. parsley
• 1 tsp. green onions
• 1 tsp. fresh tarragon
Finely chop parsley, green onions, and tarragon. Mix herbs with mayonnaise.

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