Steamed Artichokes with Tarragon Mayonnaise

As a child, I remember eating artichokes a lot. I would always ask my parents to cut up the "heart" for me when I was finished with the leaves. As far as I can remember, it was always served with a side of mayonnaise. I decided to take the traditional mayonnaise and add my own spin on it. This mayonnaise has wonderful bright flavors to it, which would also work perfectly on sandwiches. As well as pretty much anything else you want to slather it on. Yes, I believe that it is just that delicious! The next time you serve artichokes, try out this mayonnaise recipe, and let me know what you think of it.


  • 2 Artichokes
  • 1 Lemon, Sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled and Smashed

For the Tarragon Mayonnaise:

  •  1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Garlic Clove, Peeled and Grated
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • The Zest of one Lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Tarragon, Chopped
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to taste


  •  In a small bowl, Whisk together all of the ingredients for the mayonnaise, then cover and put in the fridge.
  • This will let the ingredients hang out and get to know each other a bit.
  •  Rinse the artichoke in cold water.
  • Using a serrated knife,cut off the top inch of the artichoke, remove the stem, and then pull off the lower petals that are small and tough.
  • In a large pot add about 3 cups of water, then add the lemon slices and garlic cloves.
  • Place a steamer basket inside the pot, and place the artichokes in stem side up.
  • Cover and steam for 40 minutes, or until the leaves pull off easily.
  • Place the steamed artichokes on serving dishes, and serve with the Tarragon mayonnaise on the side.