Once you've done a bit of trimming, these odd-looking vegetables are actually a cinch to steam. Serve them with one or more of our dipping sauces.
1. Prepare 4 artichokes, 10 to 12 ounces each. Place in a steamer basket set in a large pot, with water level just below basket.
2. Cover; steam until stem is easily pierced with tip of a paring knife, adding more water to pot as needed, 25 to 35 minutes (depending on size).