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Here's a recipe for making a?li, a garlic mayo with a touch of preserved lemon, for dipping artichoke leaves in.

Teresa J. Farney, The Gazette

Lemon A?oi

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Yield: 2/3 cup

1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon finely chopped preserved lemons or fresh lemon zest 1 clove steamed garlic, mashed

Procedure:

In a small bowl, place mayonnaise, finely chopped lemon or zest, and minced garlic.

Stir to combine.

Source: Teresa J. Farney