From the book David Rocco's Dolce Vita by the Food Network star, this fresh Italian salad of artichokes and cheese is a delicious fall or winter starter.
Juice of 1 lemon
5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Shavings Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Step 1: Remove all tough external leaves from the artichokes. Discard the stem.
Step 2: Cut the artichokes in half lengthwise. Lay them cut side down on a chopping board and slice them crosswise as thinly as possible.
Step 3: Place the slices in a bowl and season immediately with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Put them on a serving plate and finish with shavings of Parmigiano cheese.
Alternate idea: Toast some bread to make crostini. Top with the artichoke salad and shave the Parmigiano over top.
Reprinted with permission from David Rocco's Dolce Vita (2008 Harper Collins Canada).