This week, we’re making artichoke stew with lemon and dill inspired by Paula Wolfert. Our first step is to take a dozen or so baby artichokes, remove the outer tough leaves, and remove the inner choke or thistle with a spoon or melon baller.
An important note is to cover the artichokes with lemon juice to help with oxidation.
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Artichokes are delicious when prepared this way.
In this particular version of the recipe that I made this year (every year is different), the first layer was the ube (purple yam). The second was a white russet potato. The third layer was the baby artichokes that were ready to be cooked. Then I added additional vegetables.
I also roast radish sometimes. I love the extra color and the bit of pungency that they add. This particular dish does well when it cooks for a long time over slow heat so that some of the sugars in the vegetables have time to caramelize. That softens their flavor a bit. We really enjoy this in our home over the summer months.
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I like to put the potatoes on the bottom so that all of the flavors can combine. We make this once a year. Before it goes into the oven. We add a slurry that’s water, lemon, sea salt, olive oil, and sugar. This helps create a wonderful sauce that brings all the flavors together. You can either let it sit in the pan that it’s cooked in for about an hour or so or transfer it into a dish you’ll be serving.
Either one is okay. I cover it to let all the flavors come together over the next hour. Don’t put too much energy into stirring as it’ll start to break down the vegetables, which are more delicate after they’ve been cooked. When it’s time to serve, you can have this with a beautiful flat pasta like pappardelle.
You’re sure to see an empty bowl at the end of the meal. No leftovers whatsoever.
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Dr. Siri Chand Khalsa MD MS
Dr. Khalsa has had a life-long interest in mindful living as the basis for long-term vitality of mind, body, and spirit. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at The Mayo Clinic in 2005 and is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine and Hospice/Palliative Medicine. Dr. Khalsa has deepened her studies on health and healing by becoming a Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and participating in a 2-year full-time program on Ayurveda at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque and India.
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Artichoke Stew with Lemon And Dill