French Market Recipe 2023 28 Artichauts violets au cidre Violet artichokes braised in cider

Published on: 13 August 2023

French Market Recipe 2023 28
Artichauts violets au cidre
Violet artichokes braised in cider

Ingredients for 2 portions

  • 4 violet artichokes
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • 200g lardons (small chunks of bacon)
  • Few sprigs of thyme
  • Spoonful of olive oil
  • 500ml of cider
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Wax cooking paper to cover top of saucepan


  1. Peel and slice onions
  2. Skin, chop, crush garlic cloves
  3. Chop bacon into small pieces
  4. Warm olive oil in heavy based saucepan, add bacon, onion and garlic and fry lightly
  5. Prepare a bowl of water and squeeze in juice of half a lemon
  6. Slice off top of artichokes until you can see yellow heart
  7. Remove outer coarse green leaves until you can see the leaves are yellow half way down cut as much of the hard leaves off,
  8. Immediately place sliced artichoke into bowl of lemon water to avoid it oxidising (going brown)
  9. After all artichokes leaves have been trimmed, peel the outer layer of the stem of each artichoke and return to the lemon water
  10. Then slice each artichoke in half lengthways, if very large slice in quarters and return to water
  11. Use a teaspoon to dig out the choke (thistle -dry spiky bits) at centre of artichoke underneath the heart.
  12. Return to lemon water each time you have worked with the artichokes
  13. Once all artichokes ready, drain off water and put artichokes in the saucepan with bacon and onions, bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper.
  14. Pour over the cider and place the wax paper across top of artichokes to stop them oxidising, place lid on pot.
  15. Simmer over a gentle heat for about 45 minutes until the stalks are tender

Serve the artichokes topped with the sauce and all the ingredients that they were cooked in. This dish can be served as a starter or as a side vegetable dish to a roast meat. Pair with a glass of chilled brut cider.

Bon Appetit!

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