Baby artichokes are not really babies at all, but rather fully mature dwarf buds. They are plentiful from March through May. They are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and fully edible. The fresh tang of the feta in the herb vinaigrette gives these artichokes a bright springtime character.
1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
3 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Minced Shallot
6 Baby Artichokes (About The Size Of A Large Plum)
1/4 Cup Feta Vinaigrette
In a medium size saucepan combine the white wine, lemon juice and shallot. Snap off and throw away 3 or 4 outer leaves from each artichoke until the remaining leaves are pale green and tightly closed. Using a small paring knife, trim the base of the artichoke and peel the stem. Remove only a thin layer of tough outer skin and any discoloration. Cut the artichokes in half lengthwise and trim 1/2 inch off their tops. As you prepare them place the artichokes, cut side down, in the saucepan. Bring the wine liquid to a simmer over a medium high heat. Cover and steam the artichokes for 10 to 12 minutes until the flesh around the stem of each artichoke is easily pierced with the tip of a sharp knife. Drain the artichokes, arrange them cut side up on a serving platter and spoon a generous teaspoon of the vinaigrette over each artichoke half. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 4