Brandade most often refers to a salt cod puree popular throughout France, but in this vegetarian version, it's a rich puree of beans topped with grilled artichokes.
Cooking Light JULY 2010
1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
2. Cut 1/4 inch off stems of artichokes; peel stems. Remove bottom leaves and tough outer leaves from each artichoke, leaving tender heart and bottom. Trim about 1 inch from tops of artichokes. Place artichokes in a Dutch oven filled two-thirds with water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until a leaf near the center of each artichoke pulls out easily. Drain and cool. Cut in half lengthwise. Place artichoke halves, cut sides down, on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until golden.
3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 4 minutes or until onion is golden. Add 2/3 cup water and next 3 ingredients (through beans); cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Place bean mixture in a food processor; process until smooth. Keep warm.
4. Combine wine, sliced garlic, and shallot in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Add broth; simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 3 minutes).
5. Spoon about 1/2 cup bean mixture into each of 6 shallow bowls, and top each serving with 2 artichoke halves. Drizzle about 1 1/2 tablespoons broth mixture over top of each serving; sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon parsley and about 1/4 teaspoon thyme.
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