You can serve artichokes with a simple sauce, such as melted butter, olive oil, vinaigrette, or mayonnaise. Aioli is especially good. A large artichoke, hot or cold, makes a lovely first course to a dinner or a satisfying side dish.
Cut the stem off of each artichoke straight across the base, so the artichokes will stand upright on plates. Put the artichokes in a nonaluminum pot with enough water to cover by 1inch and bring to a simmer. Put a plate on the artichokes to keep them submerged, but don’t cover the pot. Simmer for abou