Easy Artichokes with Lemon Mustard Sauce, Try this weekend!

Hey you guys! As promised I am sharing a very healthy and delicious appetiser that I promise your kids and tots (2+) will adore! My kids have always loved artichokes because they are yummy and fun to eat. They all love the tangy sour sauce as well. And they are easy to boot! Dad, if you're reading this, I'm spilling the secret....


Artichokes come in large and small sizes. These ones are small and only $0.60 each! Charlize and Brooklyn always eat 2, while we generally have just 1. Read all for tips and safety!


Rinse and cut of stems at about 1/2" inch from the top. I've always boiled them, but apparently steaming works well too. Whatever you prefer I guess.


Bring a large salted pot of water to a boil and submerge. You may cover if you like but add a little vinegar to prevent discoloration. I generally just cover it for a bit so I add nothing at all to the water.

Boil for about 25 minutes for small to 35 minutes for a large. I test one by taking it out and eating the flesh off the bottom of the leaf. If it is tender, it's ready! You get more flesh the closer you get to the heart so sometimes the first few leaves aren't the best testers. Either way, you'll get it ;) Once you get to the heart gently scrape out the tiny hairs or fibres to reveal the heart itself. Dip in the sauce and eat the whole thing, stem included!


The sauce. Simply squeeze 1 whole large lemon into a small bowl. Use 2 if you don't get at least 1/2 cup.  Squeeze in about 3 tablespoons of mustard. Just good old-fashion regular mustard. Whisk in a touch of olive oil (about a tsp.) and a pinch of salt. You are good to go! Equally divide into little ramekins to those wanting sauce! Don't forget a large bowl so everyone can discard their leaves in it!

Extra important tip. I rinse mine under cold water to cool them down a bit. Especially for the children, they can burn if not properly drained!

Yum!
Have a great weekend!

XOXO
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