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Dips for Steamed Artichokes

Delicious Artichoke Sauces

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Steamed artichokes are one of the easier and most delicious ways to eat these nutty, thorny spring treats. Trim the artichokes first, then steam them and serve them warm, at room temperature, or chilled with one of the sauces below.

1. Aioli (Garlic Mayonnaise)

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Aioli is a homemade garlic mayonnaise (pictured here in the blender). It's easy to make as long as you add the oil slowly, and is pure perfection on steamed artichoke leaves, and is particularly delicious on chilled steamed artichokes.

Get the recipe for Aioli.

2. Green Olive Dip

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This Green Olive Salad Dressing also works as a delicious dip for artichokes. Add a tablespoon of capers to the dressing when you whirl it for an added kick that works well with the chokes.

See the recipe for Green Olive Dip.

3. Melted Butter

Plain melted butter is a classic dip for steamed artichoke leaves. Make it "drawn" butter by having the melted butter sit for a few minutes, letting the butter solids settle to the bottom, and pouring off the clear drawn butter on top to use (you can discard the solids).

Mix it up a bit by adding minced garlic, chopped fresh parsley or mint, or a bit of chile to the butter.

4. Romesco Sauce

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Romesco is a Spanish dip of red pepper, tomato, garlic, and almonds. It is tasty on many things (including off a spoon all by itself), but adds a special je ne sais quoi to artichokes.

See how to make Romesco Sauce.

5. Rouille (Red Pepper Mayonnaise)

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Rouille is a red pepper garlic mayonnaise that is traditionally served on toasts with French fish stew. It makes a fabulous dip for room temperature or chilled steamed artichokes.

Get the recipe for Rouille.

6. Toasted Cumin Yogurt Dip

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Cumin seeds are toasted, crushed, and mixed with yogurt and cayenne pepper to taste in this easy, artichoke-friendly dip.

For a complete recipe, see Toasted Cumin Yogurt Dip.

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