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Seasoned Artichokes - An Easy And Elegant Appetizer

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Served hot or at room temp, these glistening seasoned artichokes add pizazz to any dinner party or picnic.
Ingredients
  Artichoke 4 Medium (firm)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Sea salt 1 Pinch
  Bay leaf 2 Medium
  Herbs de provence 1 Teaspoon (Optional)
  Bread crumb 2 Tablespoon
  Mayonnaise 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Optional)
  Lemon 2 Medium, sliced into wedge
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Cut the prickly tip of each leaf with scissors.
2. Cut the stem close to the bottom of the choke - so it sits upright without wobbling.

MAKING
3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
4. Add to water a splash of olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and 2 bay leaves.
5. Immerse the chokes in the boiling water and cover.
6. Turn heat down to medium – water should continue to boil until chokes are done (approximately 45 minutes – 50 minutes.
7. Test doneness by pulling a leaf from the stem. It should come off with a gentle tug – Do not overcook or undercook.
8. Open up the leaves of each artichoke, so each leaf is a vessel for melted butter (optional) and seasonings 9. Generously sprinkle melted butter, seasonings, parmesan and bread crumbs on top of (and inside) the leaves 10.Squeeze fresh lemon over each choke.

SERVING
11. Garnish the plate with lemon wedges and serve seasoned chokes hot, or at room temperature Can also be served with a side of mayonnaise for dipping.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Appetizer
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Tossed
Ingredient: 
Artichoke
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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