*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                            Artichokes And Peas
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Vegetables                       Side Dish
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2      Lg            Artichokes
    1                    Lemon (juice only)
    2      Tablespoons   Virgin olive oil
           Lg            Basil leaves
                         - sliced in strips
    1      Lg            Onion -- white or yellow
                         - sliced 1/4-in thick
    1      pound         Fresh pod peas -- -=OR=-
    1      cup           Frozen peas
                         Finely chopped parsley
                         Freshly milled pepper
    1      tablespoon    Sweet butter
                         -=OR=-Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
                         Lemon juice -- to taste
                         -=OR=- Champagne Vinegar
 SLICE THE UPPER 2/3 of the leaves off the artichokes, then break off the
 remaining leaves, snapping them off at the base. Trim off the dark green
 stubs, going around the artichoke with a paring knife. Cut them in
 quarters, remove the fuzzy choke and slice each quarter into pieces
 1/4-to-1/2-inch thick. As you work, rub the cut surfaces with lemon and put
 them in a bowl with the lemon juice and water to cover. Gently warm the
 olive oil with half the basil. When it is fairly hot, but not sizzling, add
 the onions and the sliced artichokes. Salt lightly and give them a stir to
 coat them with the oil, then add 3/4 cup water and cook over a medium-low
 flame. As the water cooks off, add more, in 1/2-cup increments until the
 artichokes are cooked, about 25 minutes. Add the peas and continue cooking
 until they are done. Let any liquids reduce until they are syrupy. Taste
 and season with salt. Add the rest of the basil, the parsley and the butter
 or olive oil. To brighten the flavors, stir in a little lemon juice or
 champagne vinegar to taste.
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