Artichokes with Garlic Aioli

-Trim 2 artichokes, leaving 1.5 inches of stem.

-Then carefully peel the stem.

-Pack them upright in a large pot.

-Break a head of garlic up into cloves.

-Pour in 1 cup of water.

-Bring to a boil.

-Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 35 minutes.

-Transfer to a plate; let cool.

-Peel and mash 4 of the steamed garlic cloves.

-Stir in the following:

1 cup mayonnaise

1 TBS finely grated lemon zest

2 TBS fresh lemon juice

¼ tsp white pepper

A pinch of sugar

A pinch of sea salt

-Refrigerate artichokes and aioli separately until ready to serve.

Artichoke with Lemon Zest and Sea Salt

-Use a large, sharp knife and cut off the top third of 2 artichokes.

-Peel off the smallest bottom leaves and use scissors to trim the sharp thorn tips off each of the remaining leaves.

-Use the knife to cut the stem leaving about and inch-and-a-half.

-Fill a deep stockpot with ½ inch of water and bring to boil.

-Place cleaned artichoke face down in the water, reduce heat to simmer, cover with a lid and set a timer for 20 minutes.

-When the timer goes off, use tongs to turn the artichoke so it sits upright.

-Gently drizzle olive oil over the artichokes; being sure it drips down between the leaves and into the heart.

-Sprinkle generously with sea salt.

-Add another cup of water to the pot so the depth is back to ½ inch.

-Cover again and reset timer another 20 minutes.

-After the second timer goes off, use tongs to try and remove an outer leaf.

-If it pulls off easily, turn off the pot and transfer artichoke to a serving plate. If the leaf does not tear off easily, replace the lid on the pot and steam an additional 5 minutes, no more.

-Zest a lemon.

-Squeeze a lemon slice or two over the leaves.

-Add a few more sprinkles of salt and serve.