Steamed Artichokes with Tarragon Mayonnaise

Artichokes can be seamed and chilled in advance and served with tarragon-flecked mayonnaise as a simple starter.

  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2008


  • 2 lemons
  • 6 to 8 artichokes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon into a large bowl of cold water.

  2. Trim stem of 1 artichoke flush with bottom. Snap off outer leaves. Using kitchen shears, cut off tips of remaining leaves. Place in lemon water. Repeat.

  3. Drain artichokes, and place in a pot in a single snug layer (in batches if necessary). Add 1/4 cup water. Bring to a simmer, cover, and steam until tender, about 35 minutes. Remove from pot. Let cool. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

  4. Meanwhile, zest and juice remaining lemon. Whisk zest, 2 tablespoons juice, the mayonnaise, tarragon, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Serve alongside artichokes.


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