Braised Baby Artichokes with Fava Beans and Spring Onions
Fresh baby artichokes are much easier to prepare than larger ones, as they have no fuzzy chokes to remove.
- Servings: 8
Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
- Coarse salt, to taste
- 2 cups fava beans (from 1 1/2 pounds of pods)
- 20 baby spring onions or pearl onions
- 2 lemons
- 24 baby artichokes
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium shallot, minced
- 1 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Fill a large bowl with ice water. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add beans, and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, plunge beans into ice water. Drain well. Keep water boiling, and refill bowl with ice water. Repeat with onions. Peel beans and onions.
Fill a large bowl with water and juice of 1/2 lemon. Remove tough outer leaves of artichokes. Trim tops and stems. Cut in half lengthwise, and transfer to lemon water to prevent discoloration.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter with the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add shallot, and cook until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain artichokes, and add to skillet along with onions, stock, wine, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, and cover with a piece of parchment paper, then with a lid. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, and cook until artichokes and onions are tender, about 20 minutes.
Add fava beans, and cook, uncovered, until tender and warmed through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Swirl in remaining tablespoon butter until melted. Squeeze juice from remaining 1 1/2 lemons over the top. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.