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Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto Photo by: Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

Roasted Baby Artichokes with Spring Salsa

The crunchy toasted nuts, stir-fried favas, and curls of parmesan cheese add layers of richness to this first course.

Sunset MARCH 2010

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Prep time:2 Hours, 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 baby artichokes, stems trimmed to 1 in.
  • About 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 to 8 thyme sprigs
  • 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest, divided
  • About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup peeled fava beans*, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed dill fronds, chopped
  • 3/4 cup mild green olives such as Castelvetrano, pitted and torn in half
  • Chunk of parmesan cheese (at least 2 oz.), at room temperature
  • 15 to 20 miner's lettuce or baby arugula leaves

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 300°. Snap off leaves of artichokes down to the yellow-green layer. Trim green tips of remaining leaves and fibrous surface from stems.

2. Pour 1/4 cup oil into a small rimmed baking pan. Add artichokes, herbs, 4 tsp. zest, and 1/2 tsp. salt; turn to coat artichokes. Cover pan with foil and roast artichokes until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 30 to 45 minutes.

3. Uncover pan and set oven to broil. Broil artichokes, turning every minute or so, until browned all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer artichokes to a cutting board. Pour any oil from pan into a measuring cup and add enough extra oil to equal 1/2 cup; then pour into a large cast-iron or nonstick frying pan.

4. Make salsa: Heat artichoke oil over medium-high heat. Add fava beans and cook, stirring often, until favas are heated through, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chile flakes, garlic, and remaining lemon zest and cook 1 minute. Pour into a bowl and gently toss with lemon juice, almonds, dill, and salt to taste. Add extra oil to loosen if you like.

5. Cut some artichokes in half and divide, with whole artichokes, among 4 plates (or arrange on a platter). Spoon salsa over and around the artichokes and scatter olives here and there. Using a vegetable peeler, generously shave wide curls of parmesan over each plate. Top with miner's lettuce.

*To peel favas, shuck 1 lb. whole pods. Blanch beans 2 minutes in boiling water, dunk in cold water, and pop out of skins (slit skins with a knife or your fingernail); you should have about 1 cup.

Quick twist: Use fresh kiwi fruit (yes, kiwi!) instead of artichokes. Peel, slice, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Skip the salsa. Top with miner's lettuce (or another mild, tender green such as mâche), shaved parmesan, and toasted chopped macadamia nuts.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 697
  • Calories from fat: 77%
  • Protein: 20g
  • Fat: 61g
  • Saturated fat: 9.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 30g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Sodium: 894mg
  • Cholesterol: 9.6mg
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