Human Interest Artichoke and Crab Dip By People Staff Published on November 7, 2006 06:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos ARTICHOKE PUREE4 strips smoked bacon¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil2 shallots, peeled and quartered3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed2 bay leaves, fresh10 stems thyme3 cups chicken stock1 lemon, cut in half2 jars of artichokes (not canned, if possible), drained1 tsp. lemon zestKosher salt and fresh ground black pepper 1. Heat large saucepan over a medium-low flame. Add bacon and olive oil to pan and cook until bacon is rendered but not crispy. Add shallots, garlic and herbs and cook for about 3 minutes, until very fragrant. Carefully add chicken stock, along with lemon and artichokes.2. Adjust the heat so liquid is at a low simmer. Cook artichokes until fork tender, about 5 minutes.3. Place hot artichokes into a food processor along with about 2 tbsp. of strained cooking liquid. Blend until smooth. You may need to add more cooking liquid to achieve a thick but smooth texture. Mix in the lemon zest to finish. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. CRAB IN HERB BUTTER2 tbsp. white wine¼ cup whole butter, cut into small pieces1 lb. fresh crabmeat1 tbsp. chopped chives1 tbsp. chopped parsley½ tbsp. chopped tarragon 1. Place the wine in a medium sauté pan and place over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a light simmer and begin whisking in the whole butter. Work slowly, adding only a couple pieces at a time. The butter should melt into the wine while keeping a creamy consistency.2. Once all of the butter has been incorporated, add the crabmeat to the pan. Mix gently so that the meat doesn’t get too broken up. Continue heating until just warmed through.3. Add the chopped herbs and adjust the seasoning as needed. TO FINISHPlace the warm artichoke puree into a serving bowl. Top with an even layer of the crab mixture. Serve immediately with crostini and endive spears.