|Ingredients (Serves 4-5 as side dish or
8 as part of an antipasto):
- 8 to 10 tiny, fresh, whole artichokes
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- ¼ Cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- 4 sprigs of fresh mint leaves, minced
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- fresh mint leaves for garnish
of Chef Sally Maraventano
of Cucina Casalinga, Wilton CT
Cut off the base and the top third of the artichokes.
Remove all the tough outer leaves until only the light green,
tender leaves remain. Fill a medium sacuepan halfway with salted
water, and add the lemon juice. Place the cleaned artichokes
into the saucepan.
Bring the water to a boil, cover, lower the heat, and simmer
for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the artichokes are very tender.
Drain the artichokes, cut them in half, and set them aside.
Wipe out the saucepan. Put the olive oil, garlic, and mint into
the saucepan, and sauté on low heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
Add the artichokes and sauté on very low heat, turning
gently until they are coated with the oil-mint mixture. Salt
and pepper to taste. Turn off the heat after 5 minutes. The
artichokes may be served immediately, or after cooling to room
temperature. Garnish with fresh mint.