Mom’s Artichokes and Artichoke Dipping Sauce
Mom’s Artichokes and Artichoke Dipping Sauce is a recipe that brings back childhood memories for me because my mother loved artichokes and she’d make them occasionally for our family of 12! Use Artichoke Recipes if you’re also an artichoke fan!
This weekend is Mother’s Day and on that day I’ll be missing my amazing mother and wishing I could have a nice dinner with her. And out of the 2,000+ recipes on my blog, this recipe for Mom’s Artichokes and Artichoke Dipping Sauce is probably the one that makes me miss my mother the most.
I grew up in a family where most of us considered fresh artichokes to be a delicacy, thanks to a wonderful mom who taught us to like them. (Well most of us, I have a few siblings who didn’t get the artichoke gene.) My parents had a family of ten kids to feed, and even back then artichokes were pricey, so we never got them as often as we wanted them.
It wasn’t until I was well on the way to adulthood that I realized that some people didn’t eat artichokes, and had no idea how to cook them. My mother always steamed the artichokes in a big pot, and in this post I’ll show you how to cook them in a vegetable steamer. But if you’re a fan of the Instant Pot or pressure cooker, check out my post about cooking artichokes in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker and use one of those methods. And I do recommend my mother’s method for prepping the artichokes!
No matter which cooking method you use, I hope you’ll try my Artichoke Dipping Sauce, which is a lower-carb version of my mom’s sauce that was made with Miracle Whip. No judgements from me if you’re a Miracle Whip fan, but I prefer Mayo and it doesn’t have the carbs that are in Miracle Whip.
I like my Artichoke Dipping Sauce with artichokes whether they’re hot or cold, but melted butter is also great for hot artichokes. And this is something I love to make for a treat!
Are Artichokes Low in Carbs?
Artichokes do have some carbs, but they are super high in fiber, so the net carbs aren’t very high and they’re considered a low-carb vegetable for that reason.
How to Prepare Artichokes for Cooking:
- No matter how I’m cooking them, I always cut my artichokes in half the way my mother did!
- I choose artichokes with the longest stem I can find, since the stems are tasty.
- I trim the stem and even peel them if there are some discolored parts.
- Then I cut the entire artichoke plus stem in half.
- The very center contains fuzz and inedible parts called the “choke”. Use a sharp knife and cut along the bottom of the choke (where it meets the artichoke heart) then grab the prickly part of the leaves and pull the choke out. This is the only part of the cooking process that is at all difficult.
How to Cook the Artichokes and Make the Dipping Sauce:
- I like to use kitchen shears and cut off the sharp ends; but it’s optional and my mother certainly never did that.
- While you’re trimming the artichokes, put several inches of water into a stovetop vegetable steamer and let it come to a boil. (I like to add a few tablespoons of my fresh-frozen lemon juice, to keep the artichokes from turning brown, but my mother never used that.)
- When the water comes to a boil, put the artichokes in, cut side down.
- Put the lid on the steamer and time for 25 minutes; then check (by piercing the artichoke heart with a fork) to be sure they are done.
- Check out How to Cook Artichokes in the Instant Pot or Stovetop Pressure Cooker if you prefer that method.
- While artichokes cook combine the mayo, sour cream, and fresh-frozen lemon juice to make the dipping sauce.
Let artichokes cool slightly and then eat with Mom’s dipping sauce.
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I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice for cooking the artichokes and for the dipping sauce. Start with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in the sauce; then taste and see if you want to add more. This recipe makes enough sauce for three artichokes if you can fit that many into your steamer or pressure cooker. Artichokes do have some carbs, but they're very high in fiber so the net carbs are low. This recipe inspired by Mom's Artichokes, which are one of my best food memories from childhood. Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Artichoke Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
Making Dipping Sauce:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6.3gUnsaturated Fat: 24.1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 312mgCarbohydrates: 14.3gFiber: 10gSugar: 2.1gProtein: 4.3g
I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice for cooking the artichokes and for the dipping sauce. Start with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in the sauce; then taste and see if you want to add more.
This recipe makes enough sauce for three artichokes if you can fit that many into your steamer or pressure cooker. Artichokes do have some carbs, but they're very high in fiber so the net carbs are low.
This recipe inspired by Mom's Artichokes, which are one of my best food memories from childhood.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Artichokes do have some carbs, but they aren’t eaten in huge amounts and they’re high in fiber, which makes them good for low-carb diets. Artichokes are also a great low-glycemic food, and even though mayo is a “limited” food on South Beach, when you eat this you aren’t eating the dipping sauce by the spoonful, so I would eat this for any phase of the South Beach Diet.
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