Braised Artichokes in Lemon and White Wine
Created for the stainless steel braiser
- 3 lemons
- 8 large artichokes
- 1 medium yellow onion, peeled
- 2 small leeks, tops trimmed and green outer leaves discarded
- 2 celery stalks, trimmed
- 2 small carrots, peeled
- 3 slices pancetta, thick-cut and diced
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 4 sprigs fresh tarragon
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
- 1 3/4 cup dry white wine
Combine the juice of 2 1/2 of the lemons and 2 quarts of water in a large bowl. Trim each artichoke, removing the stem, leaves and choke. Set the trimmed artichokes in the lemon water.
Cut the onion lengthwise, and thinly slice. Quarter the leeks and cut them into 2-inch strips. Thinly slice the celery and carrots.
Render the pancetta for 2 - 3 minutes over medium heat in the braiser. Add 1/4 cup oil and sliced vegetables to the braiser. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 20 minutes until tender but not browned. Add the garlic and reserved half lemon and cook 1 minute longer.
Drain the artichokes and add them to the pot. Season with a little more salt and pepper and enough extra virgin olive oil to coat the artichokes, the bay leaf and the herbs. Pour in the wine and add enough water to cover the artichokes. Bring to a simmer; partially cover the pot, reduce the heat, and gently simmer for about 30 minutes.
Allow the artichokes to cool slowly in the braising liquid. Sprinkle with parsley and squeeze lemon juice over the top before serving.