Carciofi alla Romana (Roman Style artichokes)
- Purple artichokes 4
- Mint 1 small bunch
- Garlic 1 clove
- Fine salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Extra virgin olive oil ½ cup (100 ml)
- Water 1 cup (250 g)
- Lemons 1
1.To prepare the Roman-style artichokes, start by cutting the lemon in half. Then fill a large bowl with water and squeeze a half lemon. Rub the remaining part on your hands, so they will not blacken while cleaning the artichokes. Take your artichokes and start removing the outer leaves by tearing them off by hand.
2. Then cut off the end of the stem and the tip of your artichoke . With your hands spread the artichoke and using a small knife, also cut out the central part to eliminate the inner beard.
3. Also peel the stem and round off the end using a sharp knife . Place the artichoke inside the acidulated water and continue in the same way for the others. Cover with absorbent paper to keep the artichokes soaked in water, keep aside and in the meantime prepare the filling.
4. Take the mint, roll the leaves and cut them with a knife without chopping them too much. Then take the garlic, peel it, cut it first into slices and then mince it. Add it to the mint, add a pinch of salt, black pepper and mix everything together. Drain the artichokes and shake them slightly to remove the excess water, then use the freshly prepared mix to stuff them. Rub them with salt and pepper on the cutting board.
5. At this point transfer them upside down into a pan, keeping them fairly close together. Then pour in both the oil and the water so that the artichokes are covered up to the top of the stem.
6. Cover with a lid and cook for about 30 minutes over low heat. They will be tender and you can serve your Carciofi alla romana (Roman-style artichokes) warm.