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.
1 head of garlic
10 black peppercorns
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.