Spring Eats: Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Mayonnaise

Steamed Artichokes make a wonderful appetizer to any dinner party. Paired with this garlic and olive oil mayonnaise and you have something truly amazing!

Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Mayonnaise by FamilySpice.com

My kids are always surprising me. From their quick wit to their food choices and everything in between. As parents we spend hours and hours trying to teach our kids these giant life lessons, keeping our fingers crossed that maybe 10% might sink in. My husband had ‘Proud Papa’ moment the other weekend. He and our oldest boy were on a training campout with our Boy Scout troop. My hubby will be the first to admit that he’s a tough nut with our kids. But he turned to goo watching our 14-year old talk for 3 hours, teaching the other scouts about leadership and responsibility. Ok, so maybe more than 10% is sinking in.

When it comes to food, I’ve learned to pick my battles. There are some foods that are non-negotiable in our house. For example, there is one meal on the table (unless it’s leftover night) and you can take it or go to bed hungry. Kids need a little green on their plate. Some choose salads others are fine with broccoli. All I care is that it’s a green veggie.

We also have a rule in the house that the kiddos can’t reject a food unless they try it first. Some of the reactions to Brussels sprouts or teriyaki sauce can lead to a slew of melodramatic reactions. But then there are times where they surprise us and say, “Hmm… that tastes good!”

Then I do a happy dance.

One of those surprise-I-like-it moments was with steamed artichokes. Two out of three kiddos really love artichokes. Of course, the key to steamed artichokes is the dipping sauce. From yogurt to butter-based sauces, my little monkeys lick the bowl clean.

It’s spring and that means artichoke season is here. Aren’t these purple Fiore Viola artichokes gorgeous?

Purple Fiore Viola artichokes by FamilySpice.com

Frieda’s Produce sent them to me to enjoy. They are meaty and have a subtly sweet flavor. This is one vegetable where I will choose  purple over green!

How about these cute Fiesole baby purple artichokes?

Fiesole baby purple artichokes by FamilySpice.comI love artichoke season!

Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Mayonnaise

Much better than a bag of potato chips, sit down and chat the afternoon away with friends while enjoying this fun and flavor-filled treat. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 1 Fiore Viola Artichoke
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 TBS white wine
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Rinse and trim 1 inch off the top of:
    • 1 Fiore Viola Artichoke
  2. Trim half inch off the bottom stem and slightly spread open the petals.
  3. In a bowl large enough to hold the artichoke, add:
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 TBS lemon juice
  4. Remove pan from heat and continue cooking the garlic until golden. Do not brown the garlic or it will turn bitter.
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 TBS lemon juice
  5. Place artichoke cut side down into the lemon mixture to keep it from browning until you are ready to cook.
  6. Bring 2 to 3 inches of water to boil in a pot and place a steamer basket over the water.
  7. Place the artichokes into the steamer basket, cover and steam until leaves are tender, about 20 minutes.
  8. While the artichokes are steaming, heat a small nonstick pan over medium heat and add:
    • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  9. When oil is hot, stir in:
    • 2 large garlic cloves , crushed
  10. Whisk in until smooth:
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  11. Whisk in:
    • 1 TBS white wine
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 1/4 tsp salt
  12. Transfer garlic mayonnaise to a small dipping bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve with the steamed artichoke.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 2

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4 Responses to Spring Eats: Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Mayonnaise

  1. Eha at #

    Oh Laura, you almost have me teary-eyed at 4pm on a working day! Yes, my little monkeys also absolutely loved to get stuck into spring artichokes, of course with ‘yummy’ sauces alongside!! And I do remember what you mean about a ‘happy dance’!! . . . . bestest across the Pond!!

  2. cristina at #

    Your images of these of these artichokes are just beautiful, Laura! You’ve inspired me to use up the rest of my baby artichokes making your garlic-mayo. 🙂

  3. Annette at #

    I love artichokes, but have never tried baby nor purple ones. I like your rule with the kids: that they must try something at least once. Such good advice that I wish I’d had when my children were younger.

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