When I still lived in Maastricht, I often went to Cafe Sjiek and this French grand-cafe-type restaurant introduced me to the perfect recipe for artichokes! This has become one of my favorite appetizers, because it’s easy to make, healthy, fun to serve and very delicious.
1 artichoke per person, 2 tablespoon musterd, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, a bit of piment d’espelette or pepper powder, salt and pepper.
Cut off the stems of the artichokes and trim the upper parts of the leaves. Put the artichokes in a large pan and fill it with water until 1/3rd of the artichokes. Bring the water to boil, reduce the heat and let the artichokes steam for 45 minutes.
In the meantime, you can prepare the musterd vinaigrette. There are plenty of vinaigrettes that go well with artichoke, but I prefer the musterd taste. Put the musterd, olive oil and vinegar together and mix it. Season it with salt, pepper and a hot pepper powder. You can use normal pepper powder or piment d’espelette.
After 45 minutes, you can see that the leaves of the artichoke have opened and now you can take the artichokes out. Dip the end of one leaf in the vinaigrette and taste the artichoke. Bon appetit!