Roasted Artichokes With Anchovy Mayonnaise
You may see artichokes in the supermarket year-round, but in the spring, they are at their peak, freshly harvested and full of flavor. This is an easy method for roasted artichokes. After trimming and par-cooking them, they are drizzled with olive oil and roasted until crisp without and tender within. Serve them as a first course, or alongside a meaty piece of fish, such as monkfish, swordfish or halibut. The zesty, lemony anchovy mayonnaise is a perfect foil for the artichokes’ sweetness, and goes well with fish, too. You can use any size artichoke for this recipe, but medium is best.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1large lemon
- 4medium artichokes (about 2 pounds)
- Salt and pepper
- 1large bunch thyme sprigs
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 2tablespoons roughly chopped parsley, for garnish
- 1cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
- 6anchovy fillets, rinsed, blotted and finely chopped
- 1teaspoon capers, rinsed, blotted and finely chopped
- ½teaspoon grated lemon zest and 2 tablespoons juice (from 1 lemon)
- ½teaspoon grated garlic (from about 2 medium cloves)
- Pinch of ground cayenne
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Lemon wedges (optional)
Step 1Prepare the artichokes: Fill a large bowl with cold water. Cut the lemon into quarters, and squeeze the juice from each quarter into the water. (This acidulated water will keep the artichokes from discoloring.)
Step 2Snap off a few of the tough outer leaves (bracts) near the stem of each artichoke. Cut each artichoke in half from top to bottom, and lay the halves cut-side down on a cutting board.
Step 3Using a sharp vegetable peeler and working one half at a time, trim the rough edges and the stems. Cut 1/4 inch from the bottom of the stem and 1/2 inch from the top of each half. Turn the halves over and use a teaspoon or melon baller to remove the hairy “choke.” Place trimmed artichoke halves in the lemon water. Leave them in the lemon water until ready to cook.
Step 4Heat oven to 425 degrees. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add drained artichoke halves and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove and place artichoke halves cut-side up in a stainless steel roasting pan or ceramic baking dish, in one layer.
Step 5Tuck thyme sprigs under artichokes, and sprinkle artichokes with salt and pepper. Drizzle generously with olive oil, about 1 1/2 teaspoons per halved artichoke. Bake, uncovered and brushing with oil from the pan occasionally, until nicely browned, 30 to 40 minutes.
Step 6As artichokes roast, make the anchovy mayonnaise: Put mayonnaise in a bowl and stir in chopped anchovies and capers, lemon zest and juice, garlic, cayenne and a little salt and pepper. Let sit for 5 minutes, then taste and adjust seasoning.
Step 7When artichokes are ready, transfer to a serving platter or individual plates. Brush lightly with oil from the pan. Sprinkle with parsley and serve anchovy mayonnaise and lemon wedges, if you like, on the side.