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       Title: ARTICHOKE BASKETS WITH CAPER DIP
  Categories: Vegetables, Dips
       Yield: 4 servings
  
       2    Artichokes (about 12oz each)
     1/2 c  Fat free mayonnaise
       1 cl Garlic, minced
       1 tb Small capers, OR
       1 sm Pickle, chopped
       1 tb Caper or pickle brine
  
   Impress your favorite valentine with these lovely artichoke baskets filled
   with a creamy fat free dip. FOR ARTICHOKES: With sharp knife, cut off
   stems. With scissors, snip off prickly tips. Rinse and shake ff water. Wrap
   artichokes in plastic wrap and place on microwave safe plate or place in a
   microwave safe casserole. Add 1/4 cup water and cover. Place in microwave
   and cook on high 5-1/2 to 8-1/2 minutes until lower leaves can be pulled
   off and base pierces easily with fork
   
   rotate and rearrange halfway through cooking.  Let stand 3-5 minutes.
   
   TO PREPARE DIP: In small bowl combine mayonnaise, garlic, capers and caper
   brine.
   
   TO PREPARE BASKET:  Remove 1/4 of one side of artichoke leaves; reserve
   leaves
   
    Carefully remove and discard the choke.  Place on small plate. Fill inside
   of basket with caper kip and allow some to spill out onto the plate. Chill
   until ready to serve. If desired serve with reserved artichoke leaves.
   NOTE* If desired, artichokes can be cooked on stove top. Place trimmed
   artichokes stem side down in small saucepot just big enough to hold them
   snugly.  Pour boiling water to a depth of 1 inch,cover and steam 45 minutes
   over medium heat until done as above. With tongs, remove from pot; drain.
   Makes 2 servings, 129 calories each.
   
   Origin: Women’s World, February 16, 1993 Shared by: Sharon Stevens
  
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