Artichokes Caponata: Caponata di Carciofi

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 20 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 50 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 8 artichokes
  • Lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons plus 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into medium dice
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped into rough 1/4-inch dice
  • 12 green olives pitted, preferably Sicilian variety
  • 1 tablespoon salt packed capers, rinsed and dried
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Directions

Using a bread knife, carefully slice off the tips of the artichokes, remove all of the tough outer leaves, and using a paring knife peel the base. Cut each artichoke into quarters and remove the choke, as well as any prickly tips that may have formed on the inner leaves. Place in water with lemon juice. Drain. Cut each of these quarters into halves, to make wedges.

In a medium saucepan, heat 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, add onions, carrots, olives, capers, chiles, and drained artichokes. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to caramelize. Add more olive oil, season, add tomato paste and let ingredients bubble rapidly. Add anchovies. During the last 5 minutes add tomatoes. Add red wine vinegar and sugar and reduce 1 minute.
Serve hot or at room temperature with a salad

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  • on November 15, 2012

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    Make this recipe!! It is well worth it. A nice change from the usual eggplant caponata. The fresh artichokes are a bit of a pain to peel and clean, but once you have done that the rest of it is easy to put together. Make she you use enough oil as stated and carmelize the artichokes and carrots and onions. The carmelization is what gives it the best taste. This recipe reminds me of old world Italy.

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