FLOWERS OF ARTICHOKE (FLORES DE ALCACHOFA)

Despite the fact that the “Flores de Alcachofa” (Flowers of Artichoke), that is especially made with artichokes of Tudela, is the signature dish of the autonomous community of Navarra; it is quite popular in many fine-dining restaurants in Madrid as well. 

Ingredients

4 artichokes 

 Thyme

1 head of garlic 

10 black peppercorns

Olive oil

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

Peel off the first 2-3 layers of the artichoke petals. Cut the artichokes into two from the equator and turn them as it is shown in the photo below.

Submerge them in olive-oil along with all the aromatic ingredients. (garlic, blackpepper, tyme)

Confit them in the oven at 130-140 ° C for 40 minutes (until  it gets very tender)

Remove the artichokes and aromatics from the oil. Shape the artichokes by hands as a flower (See the photo below) 


In the same oil, fry the artichokes at a temperature. (180 ° C)

Let the artichokes rest and, using your hands, flower shape them. 


Decorate the plate by adding salt flakes.

Buen provecho!

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