Artichokes with Balsamic Mint Dressing

If you’re looking for something to liven up your meal, artichokes offer a terrific, tasty solution.

Ingredients:
Makes 8 shared appetizer servings.

  • 4 extra large or jumbo artichokes
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

Rinse artichokes under running water. Cut off stem and top quarter of artichoke. Trim tips of petals with kitchen scissors, if desired. Pour 3 inches of water in large pot. Add artichokes and simmer, covered, until a petal pulls out easily, about 45 minutes, depending on size. Drain artichokes upside down on paper towels. Using a large spoon, scoop out and discard the soft inner leaves and fuzzy choke. Arrange artichokes in serving bowl, cup side up. In a blender or food processor, blend remaining ingredients. Pour balsamic honey mixture into the centers of the artichokes. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition Information per Serving: calories: 106, total fat: 3.5g, saturated fat: 0.5g, % of calories from fat: 26%, % of calories from saturated fat: 4%, protein: 4g, carbohydrates: 19g, cholesterol: 0mg, dietary fiber: 5g, sodium: 276mg

Recipe courtesy of Ocean Mist

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