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Healthy Eating, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Artichoke and green onion saute

Sometimes an image, even one glimpsed very briefly, lodges itself in the mind and rests there for years before being recollected. Such an image for me was an artichoke seller I glimpsed in passing on the outskirts of Palermo. He ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
  • 24 baby artichokes
  • Juice of 2 large lemons
  • Water
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch green onions, including 1 inch of the tops, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth, optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Step 1Snap off outer leaves of artichokes and trim tops and bottoms according to preparation instructions. Place artichokes in bowl with juice of 1 lemon and enough water to cover. (If using larger artichokes, trim and quarter them, then remove chokes.) When all are done, drop them into pan of boiling water with juice of second lemon and simmer until tender-firm, about 10 minutes. Drain. Just before sauteing, slice them lengthwise in half or thirds. (If using larger artichokes, parboil quarters, then thinly slice them.)

Step 2Chop parsely with garlic and zest; set aside.

Step 3Heat oil in large skillet over fairly high heat. Add artichokes and saute until they begin to color in places, after several minutes. Add green onions and wine. When wine boils off, 2 to 3 minutes, add 1 cup water or chicken broth and half parsley mixture and tarragon. Lower heat and simmer until artichokes are fully tender, about 5 minutes, then add rest of herbs and season with salt and pepper. Tip artichokes, with their juices, onto serving plate.

Note: So-called "baby artichokes" are the buds that grow at the shady base of the plant, away from the sun that makes them grow large. Their choke isn't developed, which makes preparation go quickly. I particularly enjoy this saute on toast or pasta, with thin shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano. The artichokes can be cooked hours ahead of their final saute. You can substitute 4 or 5 medium artichokes.
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