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30 minute artichoke with cream sauce

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With all of the junk we eat during the holiday season, sometimes you just need something healthy and different. I enjoy artichokes a lot, but never really have anything to dip them in since I don’t enjoy most dressings. Crazy I know. So I decided to make a easy cream sauce to pair with it.

Makes 2 servingsphoto-3

Ingredients:

  • Artichoke (1 for each person)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • sliver of butter, enough for one piece of toast
  • 1 TBS of asiago cheese
  • 1 TBS of finely chopped onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • I also added a little bit of our gravy from Christmas Dinner

Directions:

Prep your artichoke: Here is a example from Simple Recipes website at the bottom of the page.

1. Cream sauce: in a sauce pan add butter and let melt. place onion and asiago cheese in a mini food processor and mix till fine. Place the onion and cheese into sauce pan and let cook slightly. Add butter milk, salt, and pepper and let simmer. Whisk fairly often to avoid clumping. If it is too runny add tiny bits of corn starch or flour till thickened. Serve warm.

 

Prepping Artichokes. If you don’t know how to eat them there is an example on the simple recipes sight that is linked above.

1. If the artichokes have little thorns on the end of the leaves, take a kitchen scissors and cut of the thorned tips of all of the leaves. This step is mostly for aesthetics as the thorns soften with cooking and pose no threat to the person eating the artichoke.

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2. Slice about 3/4 inch to an inch off the tip of the artichoke.

3. Pull off any smaller leaves towards the base and on the stem.

4. Cut excess stem, leaving up to an inch on the artichoke. The stems tend to be more bitter than the rest of the artichoke, but some people like to eat them. Alternatively you can cut off the stems and peel the outside layers which is more fibrous and bitter and cook the stems along with the artichokes.

5. Rinse the artichokes in running cold water.

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6. In a large pot, put a couple inches of water, a clove of garlic, a slice of lemon, and a bay leaf (this adds wonderful flavor to the artichokes). Insert a steaming basket. Add the artichokes. Cover. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 25 to 45 minutes or until the outer leaves can easily be pulled off. Note: artichokes can also be cooked in a pressure cooker (about 15-20 minutes cooking time). Cooking time depends on how large the artichoke is, the larger, the longer it takes to cook.

Hope you enjoy this quick light recipe!

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