Healthy Recipes: Artichoke & Spicy Aioli Dipping Sauce Recipe

By Kate Aquillano

While artichoke-ametures may be intimidated by the spiky leaves on this vegetable, there is nothing to fear! Not only are artichokes a great source of magnesium, potassium and folate, which contribute to muscle and heart heath, but also artichokes promote liver heath and aid in digestion, making this the ideal food to add to a detoxifying diet. Next time you’re looking for a new appetizer or snack idea, try this recipe. It is super easy, doesn’t require a lot of steps and really delicious.

Artichokes & Spicy Aioli Dipping Sauce Recipe

2 Artichokes
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Egg Yolk
1 T Dijon Mustard
2 T Lemon Juice
3/4 c Olive Oil
1 T Sweet Paprika
1/4 t Cayenne pepper
1/2 t Hot Sauce

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Start by filling a large pot with water and placing it on the stove to boil. Next, prepare the artichokes: remove any tough leaves from the outer layer, cut the top 1/2 inch off each and trim the sharp tips off the remaining leaves (kitchen scissors work best for this). Finally, place the artichokes in the water and boil for 45 minutes.

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In a smaller pan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Place the garlic cloves in the boiling water for about 5 minutes. Then drain and mash the cloves into a paste. Combine the garlic, egg yolk, dijon mustard and lemon juice in a bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Next, add the paprika, cayenne pepper and hot sauce. This recipe yields about 1 cup of dipping sauce.

To eat, just pull one of the leaves off, dip in the sauce as desired, and, using your front teeth, scrape the “meat” from the lower portion of the leaf. As you move further towards the inside, you’ll notice more and more “meat” on each leaf.  All of the soft, chewable parts are edible – just toss the rest. When you get towards the center, you’ll find the delicious artichoke heart – just watch out for the hairy “choke” part, (it really looks like it’s hairy!) which you don’t want to eat.

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