Makes 4 servings
4 medium size artichokes*
2 tablespoons salt
1 small lemon, juiced, halves saved
3 sprigs thyme, optional
2 garlic cloves, slightly smashed, optional
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Soak artichokes in water to clean. Shake them in the water to take the dirt out. If a lot of dirt comes out, rinse 1-2 more times until the water is clean.
Fill pot of water to ¾ of artichokes height. Add salt, lemon juice, thyme and garlic, if using. Bring to boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, or until a leaf come out easily when pulled. Let cool a bit. Serve with mayonnaise for dipping.
* I prefer Trader Joe’s artichokes. They are the perfect size, not too big and not too small. And the price is OK too. Artichokes can be quiet expensive, up to $3 each for large ones (or more), and if they are bigger they take longer to cook.