Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
YieldsServes 4 to 6
AuthorAmy Machnak,
These are best with a generous smear of ricotta.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Heat 3 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook artichoke slices, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt.

Step 2
2

Put toasts on a plate and spread each with ricotta, dividing it evenly. Sprinkle with pepper and zest. Spoon some artichokes onto each slice and top with a bit of basil.

Step 3
3

*To trim artichokes, snap off thick green outer leaves (about half of them; be ruthless) down to the yellowish core. Halve artichoke crosswise; discard thorny tips. Trim stem to about 1/2 in. and use a vegetable peeler to remove tough outer skin from remaining stem. Halve artichoke lengthwise; use a spoon or the point of a knife to scoop out fuzzy, red-tipped choke. As you work, put trimmed artichokes in cold water mixed with a little lemon juice to prevent oxidation. Set aside until you're ready to cook.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ingredients

 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
 2 large trimmed* artichokes (1 1/2 lbs.), sliced thinly
 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 5 slices toasted ciabatta bread, cut in half diagonally
 3/4 cup ricotta
 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
 6 basil leaves, thinly sliced

Directions

Step 1
1

Heat 3 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook artichoke slices, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt.

Step 2
2

Put toasts on a plate and spread each with ricotta, dividing it evenly. Sprinkle with pepper and zest. Spoon some artichokes onto each slice and top with a bit of basil.

Step 3
3

*To trim artichokes, snap off thick green outer leaves (about half of them; be ruthless) down to the yellowish core. Halve artichoke crosswise; discard thorny tips. Trim stem to about 1/2 in. and use a vegetable peeler to remove tough outer skin from remaining stem. Halve artichoke lengthwise; use a spoon or the point of a knife to scoop out fuzzy, red-tipped choke. As you work, put trimmed artichokes in cold water mixed with a little lemon juice to prevent oxidation. Set aside until you're ready to cook.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

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