What I find in the market in San Miguel de Allende usually will dictate my menu for the evening. I could not resist these artichokes. They were beautifully shaped and firm to the touch so I bought a few to take home.
Back in the kitchen, I trimmed them up by cutting the tips off the leaves and then steamed them for about an hour. After they had cooled, I cut them in half and removed the fuzzy center. I drizzled them with olive oil and a healthy sprinkle of sea salt (Maldon sea salt being my favorite).
I made a Remoulade sauce of mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, dijon mustard, chopped fresh tarragon and parsley, a little chervil, minced capers and anchovy paste. It is the perfect sauce to serve with the artichokes.
Before we sat down for dinner, I put the artichokes on the grill for a few minutes just to get a few char marks on them and add an additional flavor. They were delicious and what a great way to start out a summer meal on the patio.