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Artichoke Stew With Pecorino Romano

Courses: Soup
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs 681g / 24ozSmall boiling potatoes - cut small pieces
2 lbs 908g / 32ozMedium artichokes - (abt 4)
1/4 cup 59mlOlive oil - divided
1/2 cup 118mlWater
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSalt
2   Garlic cloves - minced
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlDried red pepper flakes
2   Fresh thyme sprigs
1   Fresh rosemary sprig
1/2 lb 227g / 8ozCremini mushrooms - cut small pieces
2 teaspoons 10mlMinced fresh mint
2 tablespoons 30mlChopped green olives
1 oz 28gPecorino Romano cheese

Recipe Instructions

To clean the artichokes, pull off the tough outer leaves until you reach the pale green inner leaves. Cut off the top 1/3 of the tips. Using a paring knife, peel the dark skin from the base and stems. Finally, cut the artichokes into lengthwise quarters and drop them into a bowl full of acidulated water (water with the juice of 1/2 lemon added). This will keep them from turning black. If you're using large artichokes, follow the same steps, but after you've trimmed the tops, scoop out the hairy chokes (a grapefruit spoon works well). Slice the hearts into 1/2-inch pieces.

Steam the potatoes over rapidly boiling water in a tightly covered pan just until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Combine the artichokes, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, the water, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme and rosemary in a large skillet. Cover tightly and place over high heat. Cook until the artichokes are just tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking over high heat until all the liquid has evaporated and the artichokes begin to make a sizzling sound from frying in the oil. Stir frequently to keep the artichokes from sticking. Add the potatoes and reduce the heat to low.

In a separate skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over high heat. When very hot, add the mushrooms and cook, tossing frequently, until they have given up their liquid and are beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the mushrooms to the potatoes and artichokes and stir in the mint and the olives. Season to taste with salt. Remove the thyme and rosemary sprigs. Divide the stew evenly among 6 pasta plates or shallow bowls and garnish with the cheese by using a vegetable peeler to shave off thin strips over each bowl. Serve immediately.

Dietary Information:

Each serving: 184 calories; 433 mg sodium; 4 mg cholesterol; 4 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 31 grams carbohydrates; 8 grams protein; 7.44 grams fiber.

"The Los Angeles Times, 05-08-2002"


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