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Artichokes With Two Sauces

Chipotle chiles are smoked jalapeņos that you can buy canned in adobo sauce at well-stocked supermarkets and Latino markets. For variations, use minced fresh or canned jalapeņos, Indonesian sambal oelek, North African harissa or any kind of hot pepper sauce you like.

Type: Vegetables
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

4   Artichokes - (to large) (medium) = (or 8 to 12 small or baby artichokes)
  Salt - to taste
  Mustard Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons 30mlDijon mustard
3 tablespoons 45mlWhite or red wine vinegar
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste
1/2 cup 118mlOil - plus
1 tablespoon 15mlOil - if needed
1 tablespoon 15mlMinced shallot = (or 2 tbspns minced green onion)
2 tablespoons 30mlChopped parsley
  Chipotle Chile Dip
2   Chopped garlic cloves or (large)
1 tablespoon 15mlChopped garlic chives - (to 2)
1 tablespoon 15mlStrained lime or lemon juice - or more to taste
1 can  Canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce - (to 2)
1 tablespoon 15mlJarred chipotle salsa - (to 2) - or to taste = (or 1 tspn liquid hot sauce)
2/3 cup 157mlReduced-fat or regular mayonnaise
  Salt - to taste
3 tablespoons 45mlChopped cilantro - (optional)

Recipe Instructions

For the Artichokes: Baby artichokes don't need trimming. With the other artichokes, cut off the top quarter, about 1 inch of large or 1/2 inch of small ones, using a sharp, heavy knife or a serrated knife. Trim the spikes from the tips of the leaves with scissors.

With baby artichokes, leave the stems attached. With others, cut off the stems and peel off their fibrous outer layer with a paring knife. Wash your hands and the board after handling raw artichokes, or the next foods you handle or cut will have a funny taste.

Place the artichokes and stems in a large saucepan of boiling salted water and cover with a lid of slightly smaller diameter to keep them submerged. Cook over medium heat until a leaf near the bottom can be easily pulled out, but don't cook them until mushy. Small ones need about 15 to 20 minutes, medium ones about 25 to 35 and large artichokes about 45 minutes.

Using tongs, remove the artichokes and set them upside down in a colander to drain. (Don't save the cooking liquid; it doesn't taste good.) Either cover them to keep them warm, or let them cool and serve them at room temperature or chilled. Accompany them with bowls of dipping sauce. You can cook the artichokes and prepare the dips up to 2 days ahead.

For the Mustard Vinaigrette: Whisk the mustard in a bowl with the vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of oil. Taste, and add more oil if the dressing is too sharp. Stir in the shallot and parsley. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Whisk again before serving.

For the Chipotle Chile Dip: Blend the garlic (but not the garlic chives) and the lime juice in a food processor. Remove 1 chile from its adobo sauce, add the chile to the processor and blend it to a puree. Add the mayonnaise and process until blended. Taste; if you want more heat, add 1 teaspoon of the adobo sauce or dice another chile, add it to the sauce and process until well blended. Transfer the dip to a bowl. Add salt and more lime juice if needed. Add the cilantro and the garlic chives, if using.

Serve your artichokes with Mustard Vinaigrette and Chipotle Chile Dip or with a double recipe of either one. This recipe allows generous amounts of the sauces (about 2/3 cup of each sauce) in case you want to serve them in individual bowls.

Dietary Information:

Each serving: 471 calories; 871 mg sodium; 10 mg cholesterol; 40 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 26 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams protein; 6.37 grams fiber.

"The Los Angeles Times, 03-20-2002"


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