Folks, we're in the peak of artichoke season now, and here's an authentic vegetarian recipe right from the heart of Rome to highlight this seasonal Italian ingredient. Have you traveled to Rome yet?
Chances are, if you've already stepped into this most magnificent of important Italian cities, you've made a stop into Rome's Jewish Ghetto neighborhood, just steps from the Trastevere River bank.
A quiet neighborhood, the streets virtually hum with locals cooking up some of the city's most delicious specialty dishes, including the famous Carciofi alla Giudea, aka Roman-style Jewish Artichokes.
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Prepare and Boil Artichokes
To clean the artichokes, take off the external leaves and cut the tips, leaving the heart. Place in a bowl with water and a couple slices lemon to avoid browning.
Once you have the cleaned artichokes, drain them from the acidulated water, season the artichokes inside and out with salt and pepper and place upside down in a frying pan. For this recipe you will need a pan where the artichokes will be cramped for space - they need to be close together.
Place the garlic in the bottom of the pan, and add 1/2cm of olive oil.
Add water until the level arrives to the end of the artichoke leaves. Don't entirely cover the artichokes. Cover, and cook over high heat until the water is boiling. Turn down the heat to medium, let simmer covered until water is evaporated completely.
Heat 3 inches (8 cm) of olive oil in a fairly deep, fairly broad pot (one large enough to contain the artichokes flat, and the oil should almost cover them). Slip horizontally your artichokes into the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes, until the stem is browned, and then use a pair of long-handled implements along the lines of bbq forks to upend the artichoke. Press down gently; the leaves will brown thanks to the heat of the bottom of the pan, and the artichoke will open like a flower.
Complete Dish and Serve
While the artichoke is browning, line a second plate with absorbent paper. Put the first artichoke to drain blossom down, and continue with the next. Continue until you have finished frying your artichokes.
45 minutes 10 ingredients 530 kCal
30 minutes 8 ingredients 310 kCal