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Seasonal Eating: Easy Italian Steamed Artichokes

April 4, 2013

Artichokes are one of spring's pleasures.  They can be grilled, steamed, and roasted.  They are lovely in pasta, atop pizza, a just darn good on their own.  This easy Italian steamed artichokes highlights the flavor of this seasonal vegetable.

Italian Steamed Artichokes

Ingredients:

1 large Artichoke (about 1 pound)
1 Garlic Clove, sliced thin
1 Bay Leaf
1/4 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
 
Directions:
 
Snip the thorns off the artichoke leaves. Place the garlic slices inside the leaves throughout the artichoke. Put the artichoke into a medium-size saucepan. Add water to come halfway up the artichoke.
 
Put the bay leaf in the water.
 
Crush the coriander seeds, oregano and basil together; sprinkle on top of the artichoke.
 
Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes, or until the leaves pull off easily.

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