Try this unique artichoke recipe. The Baby artichokes are sauteed with carrots, leeks, garlic, and wine, then topped with mild cheese and olives. The dish is conveniently served at room temperature.
* 18 baby artichokes
* 1/2 cup best-quality olive oil
* 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into small dice
* 3 leeks (white part and 3 inches green), well rinsed, dried, and chopped
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
* 1/2 cup dry white wine
* 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
* 4 ounces Montrachet or other soft mild chevre
* Nicoise or Ligurian olives (garnish)
Cut the stem and 1/4 inch of the top from each artichoke. Trim the tough outer leaves with a scissors.
Heat the oil in a saucepan large enough to hold all the artichokes upright over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, leeks, and garlic. Saute, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and lots of black pepper.
Place the artichokes upright on the bed of vegetables and pour in the wine. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the tops of the artichokes. Cover the pan and simmer over medium low heat for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Remove the artichokes from the vegetables and set aside. Crumble the chevre cheese into the vegetable mixture and fold gently together.
Spoon the vegetable mixture onto a platter or 6 individual serving plates. Arrange the artichokes on top of the vegetables, spooning a few vegetables over the tops. If you are serving on plates, allow 3 artichokes per serving. Garnish with olives and serve at room temperature.
...and the baby artichoke recipe is ready to serve......nice !