Three easy-to-grow antioxidant foods, plus black pepper, also high in antioxidants: a lot of benefits in one tasty dish.
1 1/2 lemons (preferably Meyer), divided
2 large globe artichokes (each about 14 oz.)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Remove 10 to 12 thin curls of zest from whole lemon with a 5-holed zester; cut lemon in half. (Or, use a potato peeler to remove 2 wide strips, then slice them into very thin strips.) Fill a large pot halfway with water and squeeze juice from lemon into pot; toss in squeezed halves.
Trim 3/4 in. off each artichoke stem and discard. Remove tough outer layer of remaining stem with a vegetable peeler. Cut 1 in. off tip of each artichoke and pull off cracked or especially thick leaves; discard. Snip spiky tips off remaining leaves.
Slice 1 artichoke in half lengthwise through the stem. Use your thumb and a serrated grapefruit spoon to grasp any red-tinged center leaves; pull to remove. Scrape out and discard choke. Slice in half again and place both quarters in pot with lemon-water. Repeat with remaining artichoke half and second artichoke.
Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove lid and continue boiling until stems are tender and leaves pull off with little resistance, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain on paper towels and let cool.
Meanwhile, combine garlic, mayonnaise, thyme, and juice of remaining lemon half in food processor. Process 30 seconds, or until smooth. Season with salt and a pinch of black pepper. Garnish with reserved lemon zest. Serve artichoke quarters with dipping sauce.
Good combo of eater-friendly artichoke and good dip. In a full menu, probably a quarter artichoke per person is plenty. I'm making this again for easter to see if my grandchildren can be enticed into eating something new. Good that it can be made in advance. I prefer artichokes at room temperature.
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