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Artichoke Caponata for a Holiday Lunch Appetizer

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Artichoke Caponata for a Holiday Lunch Appetizer

No Comments 03 September 2011

Kosher Recipe: Artichoke Caponata

Caponata di Carciofi (Caponata of Artichoke), Courtesy of Chef Laura Frankel, author of Jewish Cooking for All Seasons

This caponata does not have the usual tomatoes and eggplant. Caponata is a relish of vegetables and can really include anything in season. This version is a concoction of early spring and late winter vegetables. I serve it with roasted chicken, duck and even fish. It adds springtime flair to any table and for Passover we drizzle our matzah with olive oil and herbs and then dollop some of this caponata on top of it for a crunchy snack.

Yields about 2 cups


1 pound baby artichokes or frozen artichoke hearts

1 fennel bulb-julienne (save fronds for garnish)

2 leeks-white parts only, chopped

3 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon tomato paste

½ cup white wine

½ cup golden raisins (optional)

¼ cup pine-nuts

¼ cup fresh mint-torn or cut into thin strips (chiffonade)

½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme-

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Kosher Recipe

Directions cont’d
  1. To clean the artichokes, use a paring knife to cut the outside leaves free from the body of the vegetable. Continue turning your knife around the artichoke until you have an equal amount of green leaves with yellow tops. Be sure to leave the stem intact. You can peel some of the tough green fibers from the outside. The stem gives the artichoke a pretty shape! Cut the artichoke in half lengthwise and scoop out the choke (if any) with a melon baller. Place the artichoke pieces in a bowl of cold water with lemon juice squeezed into it to keep the artichokes from turning dark.
  2. Place a large sauté pan over medium high heat and coat the bottom lightly with olive oil. Add the fennel pieces and leeks. Sauté the vegetables until they are lightly browned and have softened. Add the garlic, tomato paste raisins and white wine. Stir together.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the insert for the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  4. Place a small sauté pan over medium heat and add the pine-nuts. Toast the pine-nuts until they are lightly browned. Watch them carefully as then can burn quickly.
  5. Add the pine nuts, artichokes and fresh herbs to the mixture to the mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and continue cooking for an additional on HIGH.
  6. Serve the caponata warm or cold. The caponata can be made three days before serving and stored covered in the refrigerator.

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Pareve Stuffed Artichokes with Eggplant (Medias)

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Pareve Stuffed Artichokes with Eggplant (Medias)

6 Comments 01 June 2011

Photo permission of Bridget Ben Dayan

Hi -I really enjoy your website and I have a delicious and easy recipe for a new twist on medias (stuffed artichoke). When I’m in a health conscience mood i bake, other times I sauté. They are really delicious and deceiving, they look like meat every time I make it, I’m asked for the recipe.” Bridget Ben-Dayan

Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe:

  • 1 medium eggplant – peeled & chopped
  • 1 box of baby bella mushrooms – chopped
  • 1/3 c. flavored breadcrumbs
  • olive oil to saute
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pkg frozen artichoke hearts (10-12 pcs)
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. flavored breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place frozen artichoke bottoms in a bowl and cover with boiling water,
  3. Add lemon juice to the water.  Leave the artichokes in water until tender.
  4. Saute chopped eggplant in saucepan
  5. When almost soft add in chopped mushrooms and continue to saute until soft.
  6. Puree mixture with hand held mixer, add in breadcrumbs and salt to taste.
  7. Spoon mixture into the artichoke bottoms. (If you find that your mixture is too loose, add more breadcrumbs.)
  8. Fill a small bowl with approx 1/4 c of  breadcrumbs.  Dip filled artichoke, mixture side down into the bowl with breadcrumbs.  Then place artichoke, mixture side down onto greased tray, use oil not spray to insure the desired texture to the top of the artichoke.  Repeat for all of the artichokes, then bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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