Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Artichauts en Barigoule

Petits Violets

I have always loved artichokes. They have such beautiful colors, they taste great and  are great detoxifiers - if you don't eat them with buttersauce that is....
But I had never heard of artichoke ragout or "Artichauts en Barrigoule"  - a very Provençal recipe that Laurent (see pic below) told me about when I met him at Vaison's Tuesday market with a basket full of "petits violets". Laurent is not only a great chef but he also comes from Bretagne, the land of artichokes, so no wonder he knows everything about them. The recipe he told me about sounded rather complicated so to my great delight, Laurent offered to give me a private artichoke cooking class in my very own kitchen.

Chef Laurent

The ingredients

But first, I had to get: A bunch or two or three (depending on how many you want to feed) of "les petits violets" - small artichokes, two or three carrots, a few cloves of garlic, a laurel leaf, two or three small mild onions, olive oil and a bottle of dry white wine.
 
 First you have to trim the artichokes: remove the tough outer leaves
 
trim and peel the stalk

to prevent oxydation, soak in lemon water

finely chop all other ingredients 
take out the "straw"with a melon baller

When all your artichokes are evenly  and prettily trimmed

softly fry all ingredients in a splash of olive oil


Then, after a little while add two quarters of the bottle of white wine and let simmer gently until the artichokes are soft but still al dente. Artichauts en Barigoule, served at room temperature with baguette on the side make a great starter. They are also a wonderful side dish to roasted lamb.

Artichauts en Barigoule

12 comments:

  1. Oh Barbara, what a wonderful recipe. I would join you at the table immediately. What a handsome teacher, also.

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  2. How very cool, to have him come to your house and give you a private lesson. I have come across recipes for Artichauts en Barigoule in several cookbooks and tried to make them but was never very happy with the results. I like the dish that he made for you, looks very good. From the pictures, it looks like he sliced the trimmed artichokes in half? Also, the onions are not the yellow onions, more like small white spring onions? I am definitely going to try this.

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    1. Yes Michel, at the end he sliced the artichokes in half and trimmed them very thoroughly before. And yes again, those were mild spring onions and the result was really delicious.

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  3. Oh wow that sounds wonderful. I love artichokes, this is definitely on my 'to do soon' list. Have a good day Diane

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    1. Let me know how you liked your artichockes, Diane.

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  4. WOW, Looks yummy :D Lovely blog..

    XoXo
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Abudhabifood - I like your blog, too!

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  5. What a wonderful dish. It sounds superb and I would love to try this method of cooking them. These sound fantastic. I hope you have a grand weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  6. A beautiful dish that I must try! Thanks for this.

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  7. Lucky you! A private cooking class! No matter how involved preparing them seems to be, they are worth every bite. Wonderful recipe!

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  8. Great tutorial! I don't know how to peel artichokes. WOnderful post.

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