Sliced Artichokes with Tarragon
Soaking artichokes in lemon water prevents them from discoloring.
- 3 lemons, halved
- 4 globe artichokes (about 3/4 pound each)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 medium cloves garlic, peeled
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1 medium bunch fresh tarragon
Fill a medium bowl with cold water. Squeeze the juice of two lemons into the water and add the lemon halves.
Trim the artichoke stems to 1 inch, and peel off dark-green outer layer. Trim 2 1/2 to 3 inches from top of each artichoke, and pull off tough outer leaves until tender yellow ones appear. Using a spoon, scoop out purple choke; discard. Slice the artichokes lengthwise, about 1/3 inch thick, and place in lemon water.
In a large nonstick skillet, combine oil and juice of remaining lemon. Drain artichokes; add to skillet with garlic, salt, peppercorns, and 3 cups water. Arrange all but 1 sprig tarragon on top of artichokes; bring to a boil. Boil until a trace of water remains, about 15 minutes. Discard tarragon. Reduce heat to medium; continue cooking until artichokes are crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, chop leaves of remaining tarragon sprig.
Transfer artichokes to a serving dish; garnish with chopped tarragon.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 1996