Artichoke Hearts and Potatoes Cooked in Oil And Lemon

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Title: Artichoke Hearts and Potatoes Cooked in Oil And Lemon
Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Potatoes, Side Dishes

Ingredients:

1 ts Whole fennel seeds
1 ts Whole black peppercorns
2 ts Whole coriander seeds
2 Whole bay leaves
4 Garlic cloves; peeled,
-- and lightly mashed
3 tb Lemon juice; plus...
1 Whole lemon
1/2 c Olive oil
1 1/2 ts Salt; or to taste
1/4 ts Sugar
1 Boiling potato (about 8 oz.)
1 sm Onion


Tie up the fennel, peppercorns, coriander seeds, bay leaves, and garlic in
a cheesecloth bundle and drop into a 2-1/2 quart pot. Add 2 cups water and
bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to low and simmer 20 minutes. Turn off
the heat and remove the cheesecloth bundle, squeezing out as much liquid as
possible. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and sugar. Mix and set
aside.

Halve the lemon. Cut off the long artichoke stems, if there are any.

1. Starting near the stem end, press back the artichoke leaves, one by one,
and then snap them off. Keep doing this until you have gone past the bowl
part of the artichoke that harbors the heat and have reached the paler
inner leaves. Using a sharp knife (a serrated one is particularly good),
cut off the remaining leafy area and discard it. Immediately rub all cut
sections with a lemon half. 2. Scoop away the "choke" in the center of the
artichoke with a grapefruit spoon. Squeeze a little lemon juice into this
area and rub it in. 3. Using a sharp paring knife, trim the outside of the
artichoke bowl so there are no more dark green sections left and the bowl
gets a smooth appearance. Rub these newly cut sections with lemon. Cut each
artichoke heart into four, again rubbing cut sections with lemon. Cut and
prepare the remaining artichokes the same way.

Peel the potato and cut into sections that seem roughly the same size as
the pieces of artichoke heart.

Peel the onion and cut it into eight sections.

Put the artichoke hearts, potatoes, and onion into prepared liquid and
bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and simmer for about 12 minutes. Remove
a piece of potato and a piece of artichoke. Cut off sections of each and
taste for doneness and balance of salt and lemon. You may add more of
either seasoning at this time if you wish. Cover and simmer another 3 to 7
minutes or until vegetables are tender. Uncover and cool the vegetables in
the liquid. You may refrigerate the contents of the pot if you wish.

When serving, remove the cool (or cold) vegetables with a slotted spoon. Do
not serve the liquid.

Source: Madhur Jaffrey's World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking Typed for you
by Karen Mintzias
Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #237

Date: Wed, 09 Oct 1996 08:20:35 -0700

From: Gerald Edgerton