Single Serving Side: Artichokes with Basil Mayonnaise

Like asparagus, artichoke is a vegetable that is best eaten fresh and alone during springtime. Sure canned artichokes are one of my pantry staples, but there is nothing like pulling the petals off of a warmed artichoke and scraping the flesh off into your mouth. This flower like veggie is an ideal side with grilled meats and roasted poultry. Pair them with a delicious basil mayonnaise dipping sauce to add a touch of elegance to a simple side (I LOVE this sauce and if there is leftovers use it on sandwiches and in salads). Unless you get a hold of jumbo size, serve one artichoke per person. Make it now,

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