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Sooner or later, I have to set something on fire! Here I pair the softer flavor of baby artichoke with the back-nuance of caraway-laced Linne Aquavit. Aggressive in approach, after the flambe’ the dish balances out quite well.

¼ pound butter, cut into slices
8 baby artichokes, cleaned of excess leaves- stem on
½ cup Linne Aquavit
salt and pepper, to taste
squeezed lemon, to taste

Blanch artichokes. Place in acidulated water, so that they will not become brown.

Place butter in deep sauté pan. Bring to heat, until foam forms. Strain artichoke. Add artichokes to butter, sautéing for 5-6 minutes, tossing occasionally. Remove pan from fire. Add aquavit. Place back above fire and tilt pan, or light with fireplace lighter – always away from your face! Allow the flames to consume the excess alcohol. Add salt and pepper. Taste. Add lemon. Taste. Adjust seasonings. Serve.

Recipe created by Chef/Mixologist Stephen Dennison


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