Artichokes A La Barigoule

Serves 4 to 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 2¾ cups dry white wine
  • 1¾ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, juiced lemon reserved
  • 3 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 head garlic, separated into cloves, peeled
  • 4 to 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 4 large or 6 medium artichokes
  • crusty bread, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 6-quart slow cooker, combine the wine, vegetable oil, olive oil, lemon juice, 2 reserved lemon halves, salt, garlic cloves, thyme, oregano, peppercorns and crushed red pepper.
  2. Working with one artichoke at a time, and rubbing the cuts with the insides of the remaining lemon halves as you go, trim a bit off the stem end of the artichokes. Cut off and discard the top third of the artichokes. Pull or trim away any discoloured outer leaves. Using kitchen scissors, trim the thorns off the tips of any remaining outer whole leaves. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the tough outer layer of the stems. Cut each trimmed artichoke into quarters and then cut out and discard the furry choke. As you finish each piece, immediately place it into the wine-olive oil mixture in the slow cooker (to help prevent discoloration). Once finished with all the artichokes, press them into the liquid to submerge them as much as possible.
  3. Cook on high for 5 to 6 hours or until the leaves easily pull away and the hearts are very tender.
  4. Serve the artichoke hearts slightly warm or at room temperature, with some of the cooking liquid drizzled over them and crusty bread alongside.
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