Artichokes appear in the spring in Greece, and the small, tender baby variety works nicely in braised dishes like this one. Because they're so tender, it's not necessary to remove the fuzzy choke from the center of the heart. If fresh baby artichokes are unavailable, substitute frozen artichoke hearts, and skip the step of soaking them in lemon water.
Cooking Light MARCH 2004
Combine 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon juice in a large bowl. Cut off stem of each artichoke to within 1 inch of base; peel stem. Remove bottom leaves and tough outer leaves, leaving tender heart and bottom. Cut each artichoke in half lengthwise; place in water mixture, tossing to coat.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add remaining 2 cups water, peas, and carrot; bring to a boil. Drain artichokes; add artichokes and potatoes to the pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until artichokes are tender. Uncover; cook 3 minutes. Stir in dill, mint, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 2 tablespoons juice.
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