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Stuffed Purple Artichokes

From the one star french chef Patrick Asfaux

Stuffed Purple Artichokes
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Another classic French recipe. This one comes from the south of France.

Stuffed purple artichokes, main course size, recipe for 4 people :

  1. 12 small purple artichokes (also known as poivrades)
  2. 4 finely chopped shallots
  3. 150g cooked ham, diced up
  4. 200g finely chopped mushrooms
  5. 2 carrots, peeled and cut in small dices
  6. 1 large onion finely chopped
  7. 3 cloves of garlic, peeled, cored and finely sliced
  8. a pinch of thyme
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 1 egg yolk
  11. 30 cl dry white wine
  12. 12 cl olive oil
  13. 12 cl water
  14. salt and freshly ground pepper


1) Sweat off the shallots in a bit of olive oil for few minutes. Then, add 15 cl of wine and allow to reduce down by half. Add another dash of olive oil into the pot and add the dices of ham and the mushrooms. Season well and allow to cook for few more minutes. Then, off the heat stir in the egg yolk and clear the stuffing to cool down onto a tray.
2) Now the artichokes. Trim down the tough green leaves on the outside. Then, cut down the top part of your "poivrades" (about half way) using a sharp knife. As you go, put your trimmed artichoke in a bowl of water and vinegar to avoid their oxidation.
3) Take a cast iron pot and pour the wine left over in it. Add the onion, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and the water. Season well.
4) Drain your artichokes and get rid off the centre leaves and fluffy bits, with a spoon. Then, fill them with the
stuffing and place them, flat into the pot. Add some olive oil and cover.
5) Cook gently for an hour.
6) Delicately remove the stuffed artichokes out of the cooking juices and place them onto a serving dish and pour some of the cooking juice over your artichokes.

Eh voilà!
credits photo : © Asfaux Patrick - A.F.Touch