Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Vinaigrette

Serves: 2      Prep time:  10 minutes   Cooking time:  30 minutes

2 large artichokes
1 TB fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
1 TB finely chopped shallots
1 TB extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper

  1. Slice about 1″ from the artichoke tops and trim the stems. Remove the outer leaves and trim any hard, spiky points with scissors.
  2. Put about 2 inches of water in a large pot and insert a rack or steam basket into the pot. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Place the artichokes on the rack and steam uncovered, until the bottom is tender and the outer leaves can be pulled off easily, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the artichokes from the rack with a large spoon.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, lemon zest, shallots and olive oil together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve the artichokes with a small bowl of vinaigrette to dip the leaves in.

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