Fond d’artichaut gratiné aux oeufs (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
Fond d’artichaut gratiné aux oeufs
• 1 tin of 4 large artichoke hearts
• 1 glass of milk
• 4 eggs
• 1 spoon of ﬂour
• grated cheese
Preparation (15 min)
• Make a white sauce by melting butter in a saucepan, adding a spoonful of ﬂour and stirring until golden. Then add the glass of milk gradually until the sauce is creamy. Heat the oven to 260°.
• Place the artichoke hearts in an oven proof dish.
• Arrange the slices of hard boiled egg over them.
• Add the white sauce and cover with grated cheese.
• Reduce the oven heat and place the dish in the oven for 5 min; then another 5 min under the grill until the cheese turns golden.
• Serve hot.
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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