Artichoke Recipe of Hearts with Crab
- Dijon Viniagrette
- 1 1/2 pounds cooked blue crab meat, lump crab meat, or Dungeness crab meat*
- 3 medium-size lemons, divided
- 3 quarts cold water, divided
- 6 large artichokes
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 2 strips red bell pepper, diced, for garnish
- 1 small head Radicchio
Prepare Dijon Vinaigrette and set aside until ready to use. If using fresh (not canned) crab meat, carefully clean the crab meat of any shells or cartilage; set aside.
Into a large bowl, squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into 1 quart of the water. Cut the stems of the artichokes even with the bottoms. Pull off and discard all leaves. Using a melon baller or a spoon, remove and discard the choke. Trim the bottoms and put them in the lemon water.
Into a large pot, squeeze the juice from the remaining 2 lemons into the remaining 2 quarts cold water. Add the vegetable oil and whisk in the flour. Bring the liquid just to the boil; add the artichoke bottoms. Reduce the heat to low and simmer artichoke hearts approximately 12 to 15 minutes or until the point of a knife penetrates them easily. Remove from pan and let cool.
Place each artichoke bottom on an individual serving plate. Spoon 1 tablespoon Dijon Vinaigrette into each artichoke bottom and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon chives. Divide the crab meat into 6 equal portions and mound it onto the artichoke bottoms, drizzling with additional Dijon Vinaigrette. Sprinkle each with another 1/2 teaspoon chives and a few pieces of red bell pepper. Pass any remaining vinaigrette separately. The artichoke recipe makes 6 servings
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Pinch coarse salt and freshly ground white pepper
- 12 cup walnut oil
Process the wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper with the metal blade of a food processor, about 5 seconds. With the motor running, pour the walnut oil through the feed tube in a steady stream. Process until mixed, about 5 seconds.