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Braised Squid with Artichokes

1 lemon
4 large artichokes -- trimmed, see directions
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 anchovy fillets -- chopped, optional
2 pounds cleaned squid -- bodies cut into rings
Freshly ground black pepper
Minced parsley -- for garnish


1. Cut the lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a bowl of water, and add the lemon halves. Cut the trimmed artichokes into 4 pieces each, and as they are done, add them to the lemon water.


2. Place a large skillet or broad saucepan over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of the oil; a minute later, add the garlic and anchovies. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the anchovies break up and the garlic begins to color, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the squid and the artichokes, stir, cover and turn the heat to medium.


3. Uncover and stir the mixture every 5 minutes or so. When the squid and artichokes begin to become tender, after 15 or 20 minutes, uncover and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and the squid and artichokes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes longer. Season with pepper. It's highly unlikely this dish will need added salt, especially if you use anchovies, but taste and see. Stir in the remaining olive oil, garnish with the parsley and serve.


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