People always say that food carries an emotional and personal connection to to it. I tend to avoid talking about those kind of things on this blog, because I try to mainly focus on the food. Now this recipe doesn't have any personal or emotional for me, I mean it's just artichokes and sauce, but I feel like I've created a connection with this dish. Let's be honest you're not reading this post for the personal story behind it, you probably just found this recipe on Google or someone repined it on Pinterest and you just want to look at the pictures, or you'll just scroll down to the recipe without reading this text block.

Since this recipe is pretty short I'm going to continue with my narrative. Sometimes people fall out of your life and they don't come back, the universe can be cruel like that, and there's nothing you could have done to change the outcome. Other times those people come back into your life and it's all the time spent apart from each other that make you realize how important they were to you and how important they still are to you. This simple little dish of artichokes and hollandaise sauce will always remind me of that feeling of someone great reentering your life, even if it's in some small way.

Artichokes in Avocado Hollandaise Sauce

  • 4 artichokes
  • 6 cups water
  • 1.5 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Avocado Hollandaise Sauce from this post.
  • Hot sauce of your choice
  1. Heat the water in a large pan on high until it boils, then add the garlic, olive oil, and the salt.
  2. Cut the stems off the artichokes to a reasonable size. Also cut the tops off the artichokes. Feel free to cut the tips of the pedals off, but it's not required.
  3. Place the artichokes in the boiling water, cover the pot and let them cook for about 35 or until the stems are soft.
  4. Serve with the hollandaise sauce. I added a drop of hot sauce to my dish to give it some color and some extra kick.

This makes for a perfect side dish or as an appetizer. I suggest getting creative with the platting. Enjoy!

All these artsy artichoke photos by: Katy Weaver Photography