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Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Artichoke Ciambotta

Artichoke Ciambotta
Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

The dish ciambotta may never be listed on an Italian menu. The word probably isn't in most Italian dictionaries. But visit just about any home kitchen in southern Italy, and there'll be a pot of this vegetable stew simmering on ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour | Serves 4 to 6
  • 6 to 8 small artichokes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen fava beans, lima beans or peas
  • Salt, pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley

Step 1To trim the artichokes down to the heart, bend the dark green outer leaves back until they snap off near the base. When you reach the center cone of pale, tender leaves, cut off about 1/2 inch of the pointed tops. Cut the artichokes into halves or quarters, depending on the size. The fuzzy choke in small artichokes should be tender enough to be edible, but it can be cut out with a paring knife. *

Step 2In a medium skillet, cook the onion with the olive oil over medium heat until tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic, then add the artichoke hearts and a couple of tablespoons of water. Cover and cook 15 minutes.

Step 3Add the green beans, favas and salt and pepper to taste. Cook the ciambotta until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes more. Stir in the parsley and serve hot or at room temperature.

Note: This ciambotta is a good way to use the small artichokes that grow at the top of the artichoke plant.


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