Steamed Artichoke with Caper Mayo Dip

How could I have so quickly forgotten in my Harvest Monday post this week about my Green Globe artichoke?!  Sorry old friend, you deserve much better.

artichoke ready for harvest

And “old friend” is certainly the appropriate term for this guy. I started 6 plants from seed in January 2009 and this year just one of the 2 remaining plants finally gave me an artichoke. I watched it for weeks, nervous that someone would take my prize from the community garden (theft is unfortunately a problem there) and just when I couldn’t stand the suspense for one more second, out came the clippers and I snatched it myself.

green globe artichoke

I brought my green gardening trophy inside and gave it a good rinse in the sink. Then I cooked it for about 45 minutes in a steam basket.

artichoke prepping and steaming

Then late on a summer evening, I enjoyed my very own artichoke with a tasty Caper Mayo Dip. To make the dip, blend 1/4 cup of mayo with 1 tbsp drained capers, 1 clove garlic, 1 tsp lemon zest and add olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste in a mini food processor.  Serve immediately with prized steamed artichokes and, of course, enjoy!  I did.

artichoke

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Robin
    RobinJuly 22,10

    Oh what a wonderful artichoke! I hope that you enjoyed it! This is the third year that I have tried to grow artichokes….and I finally have one! My husband “The Italian” is so excited.

  2. Nicole Kramer
    Nicole KramerJuly 22,10

    Caper mayo dips sounds delicious. Filing that one in my back pocket!

  3. Aerelonian
    AerelonianJuly 22,10

    I’ve only ever had artichoke mixed into things like dips. I think I’ll get one this weekend when I go grocery shopping. It seems like a lot of time and energy for one artichoke. Are the leaves edible by any chance? Do they tend to produce more with age (I think I remember them being perennials)?

  4. meemsnyc
    meemsnycJuly 22,10

    That is a nice prize indeed! Bet it was tasty! Wow, you have theft in a community garden! How rude!

  5. Priscilla Prince
    Priscilla PrinceJuly 22,10

    That looks wonderful! But does it take a long time to grow? My hubby loves Artichoke especially roasted or grilled! I also love it in dips with Spinach. I’m sure you enjoyed it!

  6. Heather @ Dusty Bay
    Heather @ Dusty BayJuly 23,10

    Oh my! Your caper mayo dip recipe sounds YUMMY! I haven’t tried growing artichoke hmmmm….

  7. melanie watts
    melanie wattsJuly 23,10

    Oooh what a victory! I’ve never eaten artichokes, It sounds really delicious.

  8. Scott Kronabetter
    Scott KronabetterJuly 24,10

    Congrats on one tasty looking artichoke. With all that TLC it had to be extremely tasty:))

  9. Aerelonian
    AerelonianJuly 24,10

    BTW, try adding some fine feta cheese chunks to a spinach artichoke dip (just sprinkle on top). WOW.

  10. ford ranger guy
    ford ranger guyJuly 24,10

    Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in actuality, the four acts of the mirthful opera known as the freshness, and they pass like bubbles of a grit of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a entire fool.

    Sent via Blackberry

  11. Stevie
    StevieJuly 25,10

    I’m sorry I missed all of these comments – Oh what a week / weekend it has been!

    First of all – thanks for saying nice things about the artichoke. Yes, he is a perennial and as time goes on I should get more flower buds to eat. It takes a while to get established, and is is tender so it may not make it through a hard winter. I grew it for 19 months but the plants are big and healthy and could very likely give me many more artichokes next year. Fingers crossed!

    Eating a steamed artichoke is as much entertainment as culinary – you peel off the petals and dip the tender fleshy end into the dip, then scrape the ‘meat’ off with your teeth. When you have finished the petals, remove the fuzzy choke and gobble up the delish heart.

    If you haven’t tried it – I say go get a few. It’s a lot of fun for a tasty treat. I love food that takes a bit of work though.

  12. Linda
    LindaJuly 25,10

    What a “handsome” artichoke and a delicious caper dip! I used your recipe yesterday with a not so handsome artichoke and it was very yummy and so simple, thanks.

  13. Laura
    LauraJuly 26,10

    Fantastic! I love the artichoke blooms! Tasty too! I planted two plants I got from the nursery this year. No blooms this year, but I’m hopeful for next year!

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