Braised Artichoke Hearts with Vegetables

Throughout artichoke season, Turkish street vendors sell trimmed, fresh artichoke hearts—a wonderful luxury for the home cook—that make dishes like this lemony vegetable salad easy to prepare.

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  • Servings: 4


  • Water
  • 1/2 lemon, plus 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 large artichokes
  • 1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3/4 cup frozen baby peas
  • 1/2 small onion, peeled
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill

How to make this recipe

  1. Fill a medium bowl with water and squeeze the lemon half into it. Working with 1 artichoke at a time, snap off the dark outer leaves until you reach the yellow leaves. Cut off the top two-thirds of the leaves, leaving 1 1/2 inches at the base. Cut off the stem and peel the artichoke bottom, then scoop out the hairy choke with a melon baller or a teaspoon. Add the artichoke bottom to the bowl of water. Repeat with the remaining 3 artichokes.

  2. Scatter the diced carrot in a large saucepan and arrange the artichoke bottoms on top. Scatter the potato and peas around the artichokes and nestle the onion in the center.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil with the flour, sugar and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice. Stir in 1/4 cup of water and season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the artichokes. Cover with a moistened piece of parchment paper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderately low and cook the vegetables until tender, about 1 hour. Check occasionally and add a few tablespoons of water as necessary if the vegetables begin to look dry.

  4. Transfer the artichoke bottoms to a small platter. Stir the dill and the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice into the vegetables in the pan and spoon them over the artichokes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make Ahead

The artichokes can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Suggested Pairing

Artichokes are hard to pair with wine, but a sharply aggressive white, such as Albariño from Spain, is a good match.

Contributed By Published May 2005

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