My mom has been preparing artichokes with this sauce my whole life. It may seem like an odd combination to some so I never tell people what it is when I serve it. I simply place it by the artichokes, let everyone dive in and fall in love with the taste and then giggle at their disbelief when they beg to know what went into the sauce. I usually have to make a second round to ensure there is enough left to finish off those last leaves. You can count on one artichoke per two people so with six of us in town, we prepared three.
Artichokes for Nibbling
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 - 2 T soy sauce
Fill a medium pot 2/3 full with water. Cover and bring to a boil. While the water is heating up, slice the top 1/3 off each artichoke and use kitchen shears to trim all the remaining spiky tips off the leaves. Once the water is boiling, place the artichokes in the pot. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice directly into the water. If desired, throw the used lemon halves in the pot with the artichokes. Cover and boil for 40 - 50 minutes until tender. Prepare the dipping sauce by stirring 1 T soy into the mayonnaise, only adding the additional T of soy if you think it needs more bite. When you think the artichokes are finished, pull off a few leaves from the middle of one and test. If finished, remove the artichokes to drain on paper towels for a minute or two and serve on a platter next to the dipping sauce. Put a bowl out for everyone to throw their spent leaves in and enjoy!