Steamed Globe Artichokes with Pecorino Vinaigrette and Fried Garlic Chips
Globe artichokes, nature's most intriguing pull-apart delicacy, pair well with robust Italian flavors. Serving the artichokes with a zesty pecorino Romano vinaigrette and toasty slivers of garlic is a lighter alternative to stuffing them with breadcrumbs.
- 3 lemons, 2 halved and 1 zested and juiced (3 tablespoons juice)
- 6 large globe artichokes
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup finely grated pecorino Romano cheese
- Freshly ground pepper
Fill a medium bowl with water. Juice 1 lemon into water, and add rind. Trim artichoke stems to 1/2 inch, and remove tough outer leaves. Trim pointy tips of artichoke leaves using kitchen shears. Spread leaves apart to remove inner chokes by scraping with a small spoon. Transfer artichokes to lemon water as you work to prevent discoloration.
Fill a large pot with 2 inches water. Juice 1 lemon into water; bring to a simmer. Fit pot with a steamer-basket insert. Place artichokes upright in steamer. Simmer, covered, until artichokes are very tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 30 minutes.
Combine olive oil and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until garlic is pale gold. Strain garlic; reserve oil. Transfer garlic chips to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.
Add butter to saucepan, and melt over medium-low heat. Whisk in reserved oil, the cheese, and lemon zest and juice. Pour a pool of vinaigrette into center of each artichoke, and drizzle remainder over tops. Sprinkle with garlic chips, and season with pepper.