This vegan friendly side dish is perfect for the spring season! Artichokes are a healthy spring season vegetable that are loaded with antioxidants, good for the liver, help reduce cholesterol and are high in fiber!
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Lemon Mint Braised Artichokes
Artichokes are a healthy spring season vegetable that are loaded with antioxidants, good for the liver, help reduce cholesterol and are high in fiber!
- 2 lemons, halved
- 8 large artichokes with long stems
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups water
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 5 tablespoons chopped mint, divided
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- Squeeze 2 lemon halves into a large bowl of cold water.
- Cut off top inch of 1 artichoke and bend back outer leaves until they snap off close to base (keep stem attached).
- Discard several more layers of leaves in same manner until you reach pale yellow leaves.
- Cut off remaining leaves 1/2 inch above top of artichoke base using a sharp knife, then pull out purple leaves and scoop out fuzzy choke with a melon-ball cutter.
- Trim dark green fibrous parts from base and side of artichoke.
- Trim a thin slice from stem end, then trim side of stem down to pale green inner core. Rub cut surfaces with lemon halves, then put artichokes in lemon water.
- Trim remaining artichokes in same manner.
- Combine lemon juice, water (3 cups), oil, 3 tablespoons mint, garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt in a 4-to 5-quarts heavy pot (wide enough to hold artichokes in 1 layer with stems pointing upward) and bring to a simmer.
- Stand artichokes, stem ends up, in liquid and cover with a round of parchment paper.
- Simmer, covered with parchment and lid, until just tender when artichoke bottom is pierced with a knife, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Transfer artichokes with a slotted spoon to a shallow serving dish. Boil cooking liquid until reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes.
- During last 2 minutes of boiling, whisk liquid until it emulsifies. Pour over artichokes and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons mint.