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Artichoke Baskets With Caper Dip

Impress your favorite valentine with these lovely artichoke baskets filled with a creamy fat free dip.

Type: Vegetables
Courses: Side dish
Serves: 2 people

Recipe Ingredients

2   Artichokes - (about 12 oz each)
1/2 cup 118mlFat free mayonnaise
1   Garlic clove - minced
1 tablespoon 15mlSmall capers - or
1 tablespoon 15mlPickle - chopped (small)
1 tablespoon 15mlCaper or pickle brine

Recipe Instructions

FOR ARTICHOKES With sharp knife, cut off stems. With scissors, snip off prickly tips. Rinse and shake off water. Wrap artichokes in plastic wrap and place on microwave safe plate or place in a microwave safe casserole. Add 1/4 cup water and cover. Place in microwave and cook on high 5 1/2 to 8 1/2 minutes until lower leaves can be pulled off and base pierces easily with fork. Rotate and rearrange halfway through cooking. Let stand 3 - 5 minutes.

TO PREPARE DIP In small bowl combine mayonnaise, garlic, capers and caper brine.

TO PREPARE BASKET Remove 1/4 of one side of artichoke leaves; reserve leaves. Carefully remove and discard the choke. Place on small plate. Fill inside of basket with caper kip and allow some to spill out onto the plate. Chill until ready to serve. If desired serve with reserved artichoke leaves.


Note If desired, artichokes can be cooked on stove top. Place trimmed artichokes stem side down in small saucepot just big enough to hold them snugly. Pour boiling water to a depth of 1 inch,cover and steam 45 minutes over medium heat until done as above. With tongs, remove from pot; drain.

Women's World, February 16, 1993


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