Monday, June 9, 2008

Elegant Artichokes with Lemon Sauce

Elegant Artichokes with Lemon Sauce
4 servings

2 medium artichokes
1 medium lemon, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
for sauce -
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Trim stems and cut 1 inch off the top of each artichoke. (I found it very hard to cut off the top, so I didn't.) Cut the tip end of each leaf with scissors. Rub artichokes with lemon (this prevents browning). In a large pot, combine artichokes, lemon slices, and garlic; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until tender. Drain and refrigerate for 1 hour. For sauce, whisk together oil, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.

To eat - pull leaves off and dip into lemon sauce (or melted butter). Pull the leaf through your teeth, scraping off the pulp. Cut the heart into chunks, and enjoy - it's the best part.

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