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Artichokes with Melted Butter Recipe

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 artichokes
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp. butter

Directions:
Directions:
One artichoke at a time, remove the stem by bending it at the base of the artichoke until the stem snaps off, and then break off small leaves at the base. Trim base with a knife so artichoke will stand solidly upright. Finally, lay artichoke on its side and slice 3/4 of an inch off the top; trim off points of remaining leaves with kitchen scissors. Wash under cold running water, and drop into a basin of cold water containing 1 Tbsp. vinegar per quart. The vinegar prevents the artichokes from discoloring before you cook them.

Plunge the prepared artichokes into a large kettle of rapidly boiling salted water, and drape a double layer of cheesecloth over them to keep the exposed portions moist during cooking. Cook, uncovered, at a slow boil for 35-45 minutes, depending on size. The artichokes are done when the lower leaves pull out; the lower half inch or so should be tender, and a knife should pierce the bottom easily. Remove immediately and drain upside down in a colander.

Stand artichokes upright and serve on salad sized plates with melted butter for dipping.

Makes 2 servings.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Nana LOVED artichokes. She and Dad once visited Castroville, CA, the "artichoke capitol of the world," and Nana was as happy as could be with all the delicious ways artichokes were served in the local restaurants. One of her favorite aprons had an artichoke on it!

 

 

 

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