Artichokes Benedict


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Ingredients

2 medium California artichokes
4 slices (1/4-inch thick) Canadian bacon
2 eggs
Mock Hollandaise sauce ( see below – South Beach diet ) or regular Hollandaise sauce.

Prepare

Wash artichokes under cold, running water. Pull off lower petals and cut off stems. Cut off about 1/2 inch of the pointed top of the artichoke. Trim tips of leaves with scissors to remove thorns. Dip in lemon juice to preserve color.

TIP: Always use a stainless-steel knife and a stainless-steel or glass pot. Iron or aluminum will turn artichokes an unappetizing blue or black. For the same reason, never let aluminum foil come in contact with artichokes.

Stand prepared artichoke in deep saucepan or pot with 3 inches boiling water. NOTE: If desired, oil, lemon juice and seasonings can be added to cooking water. Cover and boil gently approximately 25 to 40 minutes, depending on size, or until petal near the center pulls out easily. Stand artichoke upside down on a rack to drain and cool. When cool, spread leaves of artichoke open like flower petals. Remove center petals and fuzzy centers from artichokes and discard.

Brown Canadian bacon slices in skillet; place browned bacon slices into artichoke centers, covering bottom.

Poach eggs in boiling, salted water.

To Serve: Top each prepared artichoke with bacon slices (one each artichoke), and with one poached egg. Spoon Hollandaise Sauce over the top and serve immediately.

Mock Hollandaise Sauce

1/4 cup liquid egg substitute
1 tablespoon smart balance spread ( low fat margarine )
1 teaspoon fresh lemon
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Dash ground pepper

In a 1 cup microwaveable liquid measure, combine the egg substitute and the spread. Microwave on low for 1 monute, stirring once halfway through cooking, until spread is softened.
Stir in the lemon juice and mustard into the egg substitute mixture. Microwave on low for 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until thickened. Stir in pepper.

If the mixture curdles, transfer to a blender for 30 seconds until smooth. *** ( Mine did curdle slightly, but I just kept beating it with a fork and it was fine for me. Maybe if serving guests you would want to blend it better )***

Serves 2

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