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Artichokes and Aioli

There were some wonderful fresh artichokes at the store this weekend.  I   
love steamed artichokes with aioli (garlic mayonnaise) dip, and have been   
looking for fatfree
ways to enjoy my artichokes.  I found that the fatfree mayonnaise   
substitute lacks
something (yeah, fat).  Last night, I tried adding a tablespoon of white   
wine to a fatfree mayo,
and it added just what was needed:

 Curry Aioli

 1/3 cup  fatfree mayo substitute (I used Kraft)
 1-2 cloves  garlic pressed in garlic press
 1-2 tsp    curry powder
    (1 tsp paprika instead of curry works well, too)
 1 tbsp     white wine
 salt,pepper if desired

Mix them all up and put in fridge while the artichokes steam so the   
flavors can combine.

To steam the artichokes, first cut about 1 inch off the tops (I use a   
bread knife to saw through
the leaves).  Using scissors, cut the top half-inch off each leaf that   
has a sharp exposed tip
(you don't want to stick yourself when pulling leaves off).  Then put the   
artichokes upside down
into about 1 inch of boiling water with some herbs and garlic in it. (I   
steamed my artichokes in
water with garlic cloves and fresh rosemary, but there are a lot of other   
good things to throw in
like lemon slices, basil, oregano, or other herbs).  Cover loosely,   
reduce heat to simmer and
steam for about 40-45 minutes for large artichokes (you might have to   
replenish the water).
The outermost leaves might be tough, and you can remove them first before   
steaming, although
I don't.

Makes enough for 3-4 artichokes depending on how much dip you like.

Does anyone else have favorite artichoke dips and/or recipes?

Richard Bean
San Bruno, CA