Artichoke gondolas

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
4 larges Artichokes, fresh
¾ cup Sun-dried tomatoes
1 small Eggplant, peeled & diced
2 cups Vegetable stock
¼ cup Onion, chopped
1 tablespoon Basil, chopped
1 tablespoon Oregano, chopped
2 eaches Garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon Black pepper

Prepare the artichokes by washing under running water, pulling off the tough outer leaves & trimming the stem so that it can stand upright.

Steam until a petal near the centre pulls out easily, depending on the size of the artichoke, this can take anywhere from 25 to 40 minutes. Remove from steamer.

Halve artichokes lengthwise, remove & discard the centre petals & the fuzzy centres. Remove outer leaves & reserve. Trim out the hearts & chop finely. Set aside.

Pour boiling water over the sun-dried tomatoes & let stand for 10 minutes before draining. Set aside. Meanwhile, simmer the eggplant in the stock for 10 minutes, drain.

Blend the eggplant, tomatoes & the rest of the ingredients in a processor until smooth. Stir in the artichoke hearts. Arrange artichoke leaves on a serving platter. Spoon one teaspoon of the dip onto the wide end of each leaf & serve.

"Vegetarian Gourmet, Special Low-Fat Issue" 1995 Submitted By MARK SATTERLY On 08-12-95

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