Steamed Artichokes

Steamed Artichokes
Serves 2 as an appetizer

1 artichoke
1 lemon, sliced in half
3 T olive oil
1 t chili flakes

Wash artichoke and trim off all the sharp points with scissors.  Cut off stem with a knife and then cut off the top sharp point of artichoke as well.  Lay the artichoke in the middle of a 1-foot long piece of Plastic Wrap and squeeze a lemon over it.  Tightly wrap the plastic around the artichoke and place it in microwave. Cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile,  combine olive oil with chili flakes in a cute bowl for dipping. After cooking, unwrap the artichoke and place it stem side down on a plate.  To eat, pull the petals off and dip in oil. Don’t eat the whole petal! Scrape off the fleshy parts with your teeth and -- YUM! -- enjoy. Put out an extra plate for used petals.

Steamed Artichokes