• Ingredients: 17
  • Serves: 6

Artichokes with garlic pimiento vinaigrette with artichokes, fresh lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, white-wine vinegar, large garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt, finely chopped drained bottled pimiento, minced fresh parsley.

Ingredients

pickled ginger and plum-wine granita:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsps. pickled ginger slices , rinsed
  • 1/4 cup plum wine
  • 2 drops of red food coloring if desired

For the bruschetta

  • eight to twelve 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices of country-style Italian bread
  • flat-leafed parsley sprigs for garnish

Pear Sorbet

  • Fresh mint leaves

Add and cook soup 30 seconds:

For serving:

Directions

  1. Step 1 Cut off and discard the stems of the artichokes with a serrated knife and rub the artichoke bottoms with some of the lemon juice.

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  2. Step 2 To a kettle of boiling salted water add the remaining lemon juice and the artichokes, boil the artichokes for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bottoms are tender when pierced with a knife, and plunge them into a bowl of ice and cold water to stop the cooking.

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  3. Step 3 Drain the artichokes well, pull off the leaves, reserving 36 tender ones, and scrape out the chokes from the bottoms.
  4. Step 4 In a small bowl whisk together the oil, the vinegar, the garlic paste, the pimiento, and pepper to taste, add the artichoke strips, and toss the mixture well.

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  5. Step 5 The artichoke mixture and leaves may be prepared 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled. Divide the artichoke mixture among 6 salad plates with a slotted spoon, arrange the reserved leaves around it, and spoon the dressing remaining in the bowl onto the leaves.