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Steamed Artichokes with Creamy Walnut Dip

Serves 4
Time 30 min
A simple mixture of toasted walnuts and sherry vinegar provides a rich, yet good-for-you dip for the artichoke leaves. Remove the leaves and dip into walnut vinaigrette, using your teeth to scrape the meat found on the inside of the artichoke leaf. Make sure to remove the fuzzy choke from the center of the artichoke before eating the heart.
Ingredients
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 large artichokes
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
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Method

Fill a large bowl with water and lemon juice. Stir well.

Cut stems from artichokes to sit flat on your work surface, then peel stems with a paring knife. Transfer artichokes and stems to the bowl of lemon water.

Working with one artichoke at a time, carefully use a serrated knife to cut off the top third, then use scissors to clip off and discard sharp leaf points, returning each artichoke to the lemon water as you finish.

Fill a large pot with water to a depth of 1 to 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover pot and arrange trimmed artichokes, bottoms up, in a single layer. Add stems around artichokes.

Cover pot, reduce heat to medium low and steam until tender, 20 to 40 minutes. Cooking time will vary greatly depending on the size of the artichokes.

When the leaves pull out easily and the base can be pierced with a knife, they're ready. Drain well and transfer to a large platter.

Meanwhile, place walnuts, vinegar, mustard and garlic in a blender with 5 tablespoons water and process until smooth. Add 1 or 2 more tablespoons water if needed to acheive a smooth consistency.

Transfer to a bowl and stir in chives.

Serve artichokes and stems warm, with walnut dip on the side.

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  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 large artichokes
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Shop with Prime

Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.