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Recipes Tagged with “artichoke”

Oyster and Artichoke Soup

main course artichoke oyster soup untested


  • 1 pint oysters (in oyster liquor)
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


Strain oysters over a bowl to remove grit and separate them from the oyster liquor; reserve liquor. Chop oysters, cover and refrigerate until needed. Measure oyster liquor and add enough chicken stock to make 4 cups; set aside. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour. Cook, whisking constantly, until a blond roux is achieved. Add onions and green onions; cook, whisking constantly, until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and artichoke hearts; cook an 2 additional minutes. Gradually whisk in reserved oyster liquor and chicken stock. Add Lea & Perrins, thyme and cayenne pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add chopped oysters and simmer until oysters are cooked through and edges curl, about 5 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

Raised on a Roux

Artichoke Tagliatelle

main course artichoke pasta


  • 3 cups jarred whole artichoke hearts (smaller the better, packed in water, not marinated or oil)
  • 2 slices white bread, torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup), plus extra for serving
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 anchovy fillets, rinsed, patted dry, and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 12 ounces tagliatelle
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest


Cut leaves from artichoke hearts. Cut hearts in half and dry with paper towels. Place leaves in bowl and cover with water. Let leaves stand for 15 minutes. Drain well.

Pulse bread in food processor until finely ground, 10 to 15 pulses. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add bread crumbs and cook, stirring constantly, until crumbs begin to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until crumbs are golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer crumbs to bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Wipe out skillet.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in now-empty skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add artichoke hearts and 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring frequently, until hearts are spotty brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Add garlic, anchovies, oregano, and pepper flakes; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in wine and cream and bring to simmer. Remove skillet from heat and stir in artichoke leaves. Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add pasta and 1 tablespoon salt and cook, stirring often, until al dente. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain pasta and return it to pot. Stir in artichoke sauce, remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan, 2/3 cup reserved cooking water, remaining 1/4 cup oil, parsley, and lemon zest. Adjust consistency with remaining reserved cooking water as needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve, passing bread-crumb mixture and extra Parmesan separately.


Roasted Artichokes w/ Lemon Tarragon Butter

side dish artichoke


  • 4 artichokes
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. fresh tarragon, chopped


Wash your artichokes and cut in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, carve out the hairy “choke” in the center along with the tiny, pointy leaves. Place them in lemon water as you go to prevent oxidation. Place them on a baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on size of artichoke, large ones could be longer) at 375 degrees (F) or until the heart is fork tender.

Meanwhile, gently melt the butter in a small saucepan, add the lemon juice and cook for one minute. Remove from the heat and add the chopped tarragon. To serve, ladle a few teaspoons of the lemon butter over each artichoke. Use the center “cup” of the artichoke for dipping.

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