Artichauts farcis (Languedoc Sun N°32 / Provence Sun N°5)
The art of artichokes
Globe artichokes are often sold in bunches. The two most common varieties available in the south are the small purple ones from Provence (Violet de Provence) and the large green ones from Brittany (Camus de Bretagne). Once planted in your garden they will stay forever, but you need to have a lot of room for them to grow. If you want to keep a bunch fresh for two or three days place them somewhere cool, in water.
Recipe selected and enjoyed by our French publisher, Laurence
• Choose 1 or 2 artichokes per person according to their size. Violet ones are good for this recipe.
• Cut off the stalks and remove the outer leaves until you reach the softer ones.
• Dig out the centre so that there is space for the stufﬁng.
• Normally, violet artichokes have no fur in the middle. If there is, you need to remove it.
• Squeeze lemon liberally over them to avoid discolouration.
For the stufﬁng
• 400 sausage meat
• 1 egg
• 1 slice of Parma ham cut into small pieces
• 2 slices of stale bread soaked in milk
• Chopped garlic and parsley
Mix the ingredients well and ﬁll the artichokes with the stufﬁng
• Put two spoons of cooking oil and a handful of bacon cubes into the bottom of a heavy pan such as a pressure cooker.
• Brown the stuffed artichokes all over until golden.
• Add a glass of water, salt and pepper and simmer for 30-40 mins.
• Add a little water if needed during the simmering.
• Serve with boiled potatoes.
Cuisinons les bons sens (in French) - Marie-Angèle Bigou & Clemence Aldebert - 19 € Editions "Les pieds dans l’herbe".
Two dynamic ladies, Marie and Clémence, elected councillors in a small village close to the Cévennes, are responsible for having introduced locally grown, organic products into the school canteen. Economical, healthy and simple recipes, this lively book conﬁrms what we know already - that a good, wholesome diet is essential to anyone’s well being.
(See p. 25 for Orange wine* recipe and p. 34 for Stuffed Artichokes**)
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