Orange dust, invented by a former chef at Jo-Jo, restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten's first establishment, gives this light, healthful appetizer its zing. You can make the dust up to 2 weeks in advance; substitute lemons or limes for the oranges as desired.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cut off tops of artichokes to within 1 or 1 1/2 inches from the bases. Remove all but 1/2 inch of stems. Cut all around artichokes, removing all hard parts. Open centers; dig out chokes. Trim any remaining hard parts, leaving the artichoke bottoms.

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  • Heat 1/4 cup oil in a deep, large saute pan set over medium-high heat. Add the onion, and saute until it begins to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Lay artichoke bottoms on top of onion, then pour in wine.

  • Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover. Simmer, turning the artichokes after 15 minutes, until bottoms are tender but not mushy, 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Remove cooked artichokes, reserving 3/4 cup cooking liquid in pan. Cut artichokes into bite-size chunks; return to pan. Add the remaining tablespoon oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Turn heat to very low, keeping artichokes warm.

  • Season the shrimp with salt and a sprinkling of cayenne pepper. Heat a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the butter.

  • Dredge one side of each piece of shrimp in the orange dust; place in pan. Cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes; turn, and cook 2 to 3 minutes more.

  • When ready to serve, divide arugula among four plates. Top each with a portion of the artichokes and 6 shrimp; pour the artichoke liquid over tops; garnish with basil. Sprinkle a little orange dust around the outside of each plate, and serve.

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