2 cups plain yogurt
1-2 tablespoons dried mint or 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped *optional
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice of a lemon
- To prepare the artichokes, trim the bottom, cut off the tips, remove the hardest outer layers and cut them in half. To prevent the artichokes from discoloration squeeze some lemon juice over them right after trimming. Steam them in a pan with a 1-2 cups of water over medium heat for 20-30 minutes. Once cooked, remove pan from heat and let cool. Then scoop out the artichoke hearts and chop them into small pieces.
- In a medium mixing bowl combine yogurt, artichoke hearts, mint and garlic. Add salt and pepper and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Garnish with mint leaves (fresh or dried) and chopped walnuts.
- Chill for a couple of hours and serve.