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GREEK CUISINE

Peas with artichokes (Μπιζέλια με αγκινάρες)


Greek cuisine recipe for Peas with artichokes (Μπιζέλια με αγκινάρες) from homecook at cmevt.com

Benefits of peas with artichokes

Peas

  • Fair amount of fiber and antioxidants
  • Help the liver and gallbladder
  •  May protect against heart disease and cancer
  • Good source of Vitamin C, iron, Calcium and B vitamins
  • High protein content

Artichokes

  • Rich in potasium
  •  Low in calories
  • May protect against skin cancer
  • Restores the flow of bile from gallbladder
  • Relieve constipation

Tips & tricks

The hardest part of this meal is to find the best artichokes. The peak season for artichokes is March through May. Choose an artichoke that has a healthy green color and has tight leaves. Choose a small or medium-sized artichoke that is heavy for its size, because the large ones have tougher leaves.

To test an artichoke for freshness, bend a leaf. If it bends but doesn't break, the artichoke may be no good.

Recipe directions

    • Add 1 tbsp of salt and 2 tbsp of lemon juice. The artichokes will be dipped in this solution in order to prevent discoloration of the artichokes during mis en place (ingredient preparation).
    • Stop removing artichoke leaves when the leaves are tender.
    • Cut and discard one third of the head of the artichoke, as shown.
    • Cut off the outer portion of the stem and peel all the outer fibrous portion of the stem.
    • Cut the artichoke in half and discard the thorny inner choke.
    • Add the onions and sauté for about 10 minutes or until transluscent.
    • Add the salt, tomato paste and tomato sauce.
    • Season with pepper.
    • Add  sugar.
    • After 15 minutes of sauteing, add the peas, dill and shallots.
    • Add water or chicken stock.
    • Add the artichokes.
    • Cover, and quickly bring to a boil. Once boiling, immediately lower the heat to medium/low.
    • Bring to a light boil, lower the heat to medium/low and continue simmering for about two to three hours or until only the oil is left in the pot.
    • Continue simmering for about two to three hours or until only the oil is left in the pot.

 


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