Have I mentioned how much I LOVE being able to shop at a Trader Joe's again!? I deeply miss my grocery store in Illinois (go figure!), but I do believe that being 10 minutes from Trader Joe's and less than 5 minutes from a brand new Whole Foods just may make up for it.
Steamed artichokes are probably one of my FAVORITE foods ever. Whip up a quick aioli and I'm happy having that as my meal. I like to savor every little leaf and as much as I love getting to the heart of the artichoke, I'm a little sad when the experience is over.
I picked up some mini artichokes last week from TJs and thought they would be a nice side item to enjoy with grilled steaks.I didn't even know tiny artichokes existed! These minis weren't too filling and adding lemon and garlic to the water added bright, happy flavors.
Steamed Mini Artichokes with Lemon + Garlic
2 artichokes, washed and trimmed
1 lemon, quartered
Whole garlic cloves (about 4-5)
Wash the artichokes and cut the stem off of the bottom and about 1 inch on the top leaves. In a medium, heavy bottom sauce pan, place the artichokes upside down and cover with water. Add lemon wedges and garlic. Cover and place on medium-high heat for about 30 minutes, until you can pierce the top of the artichoke with a fork and it's soft to the touch.
Cool and enjoy.
Butter Dijon Aioli
4 Tbsp. dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. Pour Olive Organic Butter Olive Oil (or good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
Quick splash of champagne vinegar
salt + pepper to taste
Blend in a mini food processor until everything is incorporated. Adjust taste as desired.